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Disco Hospital

Zealley, Andrew (2013) Disco Hospital. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Zealley, Andrew

I say a scientist cannot be a therapist. Treatment is the work of artists and
poets. If you are not that, you cannot cure (Jodorowsky 240).
Disco Hospital is an investigation of sound and non-Western healing practices. This
investigation emphasizes experiential and healing processes, not just outcomes. Themes
are viewed through the lens of queer theory, rhetoric, and perspectives. In this paper, I
argue that HIV/AIDS and immune disorders can be understood as metaphors for the
collapse of identity. More than an investigation of healing, Disco Hospital is a healing act
in and of itself. This act signifies the current chapter of healing in my life and is marked
by HIV disclosure. This marker offers deeply personalized insights to the investigation’s
HIV/AIDS metaphor. Disco Hospital investigates evidence specific to male homosexual
shamans in diverse regional, historical, and cultural settings—and contemporary
representations of healing and queer identities in the arts and HIV/AIDS community—
and thereby suggests that indigenous shamanic healing may be less dependent on
geographical identity and embedded more in the ontological specificities of queer seeing
and being.
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Date: 2013
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
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Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 20:58
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 09:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/103

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