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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Brave new worlds

- a patient's work -

Italian artist Francesco Simeti has recently collaborated with the patients of the Fatebenefratelli psychiatric hospital outside of Milan in a four-month workshop to explore the idea of a "utopian home and the artificial re-creation of nature indoors." Patients were asked to "imagine a space of their own or to choose an image that best represented their idea of the home, of wellbeing and happiness."

The result is a wallpaper, "Volatili (2008)," with the graphics made up of a collage of the patients' work. Simeti likened the experience to "working with minds which have no boundaries."

- "Volatili (2008)," a wallpaper by Francesco Simeti -

Article by the project's underwriter. Additional info at


erin@designcrisis said...

Sounds a lot like teaching high school :)

I'm just kidding... kind of.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

one of my friends' senior design thesis was a museum of outsider art, which is art produced by anyone outside the realm of what we consider the "normal" art world--young children, the mentally ill or developmentally disabled--people who have no real art training, no interest in the art world, none of the self-awareness of traditional artists. I think some people consider that a more "pure" kind of creativity, in a way. The inspiration images she used in the presentation were really fascinating.