BUTTERFLY HUG (AN EMDR POEM) - 2020
ABOUT THIS WORK + INSTRUCTIONS /// This work is a poem as well as a DIY EMDR video. The pose seen in this video is what is called “the butterfly hug” which is a method of self-administering EMDR at home. The crystals in the "frame" are all specifically chosen crystals used in healing trauma, anxiety and depression. These crystals flash and blink with each tap of the butterfly hug, creating bilateral visual stimulation for the viewer which primes their brain for re-wiring and potentially forming new understandings of our current circumstances. The audio is a stream of anxieties, feelings and thoughts regarding our current situation with the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Try your own Butterfly Hug at home and ask yourself: when this is all over and life feels settled again, what do you want your future self to say about how you managed to get through this time? When you’ve got your answer, imagine your future self saying that—and start butterfly tapping for a bit. Then pause, and notice. If more spacious, or quieted, then notice that and butterfly tap.
This video was recently featured in the Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum's Covid Artist Relief Award Exhibition.
EXHIBITION + SCREENING SUGGESTION: This video is designed to be played on a loop for gallery exhibitions. For theatrical screenings this video should be played at least three times ( I can send a 3 minute version if needed).