Room 001.11 The Constitutional Outsider

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For the soixante-huitard (the ‘68-ers’) movement, the enemy to beat was the “disciplinary society”. If this society governed subjectivity through a dense network of repressive institutions such as prisons and families or sexuality and wage labour, then its ideological foundations had to be dismantled. Fuelled by extraordinary literature — Hebert Marcuse, Michelle Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Ronald Laing, Franco Basaglia, Jacques Lacan — the questioning of madness represented a novel place for political and artistic action. Thus, in the 1970s photographers and artists railed against the situation in the regime’s mental asylums — in tune with the practices of young anti-psychiatrists — while their patients worked on art projects of psychotic aesthetics.