Just Radio

Outstanding Audio Production
Radio, Audio, Training and Communications
AL Kennedy: Art and Madness

Latest

art school thumb

Art School, Smart School
A history of British art schools and an inquiry into their purpose today.

richard eyre

Joan Littlewood and the people's Theatre
Sir Richard Eyre pays tribute to one of the most significantJoan theatre di...

lulu

Lulu's Musical Map of Glasgow
Lulu takes a journey back to her hometown

AL Kennedy: Art and Madness

BBC Radio 3

In this highly authored inquiry, writer and comedian, AL Kennedy, questions the cliched link between madness and creativity, claiming that being true to one's self and exploring one's identity is integral to the making or performing of one's art - however perilous this can seem. 

In the case of many artists, creation has been defined as a kind of obsessive disorder, a compulsion they can barely control. After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Chekhov chose to continue work rather than seek treatment. Acutely tuned senses, restlessness, intensity of focus, reduced inhibition, depression, a sense of the visionary and heightened imaginative powers are all hallmarks of both the creative and mentally ill individual. And yet decades of studies have questioned conventional definitions of madness, treatments of the "insane" and the long-term effects of "normal" behaviour.

 

Transmission Details

Sunday 22nd April 2012, 7.45pm