We published these notes in the Special Issue of Ephemera Journal, Theory & Politics in Organisation, "Repair Matters". Here, we shared the questions and challenges around care and health that emerged in our research project, with a specific emphasis on the common ethics of emancipation in institutional critique. We asked ourselves how institutions are caring for the people in our critical present and toward a horizon of change.
Last year, the Scottish magazine “The Drouth” and “Vessel Art Project” asked us to share some reflections about our research, Entering Outside, as a multi-site and multi-format dialogue among critical practices of healing and caring in the south of Europe.
The last years slogan of the Berlin Disability and Mad Pride Parade was called: Ganzhaben statt Teilhaben. The activists literally translated the slogan from German into English saying: ALLicipating instead of PARTicipating, meaning, we want to have it all or we want the whole instead of getting only a bit. Or speaking in a more metaphorical sense: We don't want a piece of cake, we want the whole fucking bakery!
Rethinking care profoundly implies a complex and demanding exercise, which involves comprehending anew connections, and connections_with_others, practicing the _with_. The alternative health service in Trieste that works with micro areas is a very good example how care could be practiced differently as a democratic living together.
There are different models: on one side Trieste, with an extraordinary accumulation of knowledge and experience in the field of health, which is currently confronted with the national restriction of welfare, with political and administrative interlocutors that aren’t especially friendly, and recently with the social situation in which we lack movements that might allow us to play in new ways with the relationship between the inside and the outside of the institutions; on the other side there are the Greek experiences, which are extraordinarily capable of innovation in the field of what Rotelli calls the “contraptions”, the “artefacts”, the “engineering”. However, these kinds of experiences are born and develop out of absolute emergencies, so their longevity is always in question.
Frosso Moureli, psiquiatra y psicoterapeuta griega, miembro de la Social Clinic of Solidarity de Tesalónica (KIA) y ex miembro de la Social Workers Clinic en la fábrica Viome, visitó Madrid en febrero de 2016 para asistir a una conferencia sobre psiquiatría familiar. Aprovechamos para pasar una semana con ella, conociendo Madrid, visitando museos, organizando un encuentro en Vaciador 34 y una entrevista, que compartimos aquí en breves vídeos temáticos que abordan:
I am always astonished when I speak with a young doctor and I ask him what he does. And he explains it. If you ask him about the context in which a certain practice is enacted, either he knows nothing, or he refuses to know. Sometimes he has a vague notion of it. But there is nothing more overdetermined than what happens in the field of health: huge institutional assets, big economic interests, powerful professional corporations. And then there are the citizens as users of the services, who are what should matter in all this. There are enormous issues on a political, organisational, administrative and cultural level revolving around this doctor doing his work. But he is unaware of all of this.