CONVULSION Room


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CONVULSION ROOM is an immersive installation that visualises an abstract representation of Electroconvulsive therapy (E.C.T) treatment. When entering the darkened space you will be immersed in points of projected light appearing and disappearing, leaving a trail of ghost images that will eventually reveal themselves to be a series of 60 second “seizure” drawings.


This exciting new installation premiered at Ocean studio as Part of Plymouth Art Weekender ,it expands upon Jamie’s current body of work “Convulsion Machine” which explores the use of an electrical drawing machine he has designed and worked with an electrical engineer to make. This project explores the use of high voltages passed through human skin to treat severe depression through Electroconvulsive therapy (E.C.T). Jamie has mapped the treatment process of (E.C.T) in stages, each procedure being a drawing. The drawings are made from an electrical corona discharge creating images drawn with light on paper charged with 150,000 volts of electricity.


Jamie is using drawing as a conceptual strategy. Jamie has produced 60 second electrical ”seizure” drawings relating to the time a patient would be treated with a high voltage electrical charge causing the brain to seizure to treat severe depression.


The installation attempts to transport the viewer into a psychological space that imagines the experiences and state of mind of Jamie’s late father that suffered with severe depression and underwent (E.C.T) throughout his adult life. Through personal experiences Jamie attempts to understand and unravel what his farther went through by making work and research.


CONVULSION is a ongoing body of work which will be situated in different spaces and will react and change depending on the architectural space its installed in.

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