Primal Speech, an immersive mixed media installation, takes place in Liz Magic Laser’s futuristic version of a primal scream room with uniformly grey padded walls and therapeutic props such as punching pillows. “Primal Speech” proposes the use of outrage to unearth one’s authentic voice and maximise its impact in a volatile world.
Laser’s therapeutic video and environment encourages viewers to express and exorcise their
socio-political and personal frustrations. For the video, Laser assembled a pseudo therapy group composed of actors with opposing political convictions about Brexit and the U.S presidential elections. For the film, Laser collaborated with Certified Professional Life Coach, Valerie Bell, trained in Primal Therapy techniques, a radical 1970s approach that used abreaction: the cathartic re- experiencing of a traumatic event.
In Primal Speech, the therapist coaches the patients to re-enact scenes from their past and express repressed feelings. The aim of bringing what had been buried in the unconscious into consciousness was to liberate patients from the neurotic repetition of unhealthy behaviours and relationships.