This exciting new installation premiering at Ocean studio and part of the Art Weekender expands upon Jamie’s current body of work “Convulsion Machine” which explores the use of an electrical drawing machine he has designed and built. 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.
The images produced visualise a cumulative charge of electricity people have undergone having E.C.T therapy over a period of time. 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.
*Warning this installation contains strobe effect light projections