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SCHREBERISMUS

SCHREBERISMUS

 

Daniel Paul Schreber was a German judge who after suffering a nervous breakdown in 1884 was institutionalized, finally being placed in Sonnenstein castle near Dresden.   In his book titled “Memoirs of my Nervous Illness” he tells the reader that he had become the last living human on earth and all of the human forms around him were reanimated corpses, or “fleeting improvised men”.  It was his mission to repopulate the earth.  He would do this concentrating his mental energy on his body, making his breasts expand and hips broaden thereby seducing God who would inseminate him.  Schreber would then give birth to a new race of beings.  Also, befitting the Biblical scope of his mission and his role as a prophet he must become Jewish.  This and many other miracles took place around him, in every part of his body and in distant reaches of the universe.  These drawings are based on some of the miracles Schreber describes.  The medium is ink and spray paint on aluminum.  The quotes accompanying the drawings are from the 1988 edition of the Memoirs from Harvard University Press.

 

Friese Undine

 

  • Schreberismus
  • Page 73.  %e2%80%9cthis process of unmanning%e2%80%a6
  • Page 75.  %e2%80%9c%e2%80%a6 within the order of the world...%22
  • Miracled bird
  • A new race of beings
  • Page 112. %28footnote%29 %e2%80%9c%e2%80%a6 friendly souls always tended more towards the region of my sexual organs%e2%80%a6%22
  • Page 100.  %e2%80%9ci could tell of wandering clocks...%22
  • Page 99.  %e2%80%9ctherefore %e2%80%98scorpions%e2%80%99 were repeatedly put into my head%e2%80%a6%22
  • Page 118.  %28impure souls in the forecourts of heaven%29
  • Page 119.  %e2%80%9c%e2%80%a6notes are kept in which for years have been written down all my thoughts%e2%80%a6%22
  • Page 133.  %e2%80%9ca %e2%80%98lung worm%e2%80%99 was frequently produced in me by miracles...%22
  • Page 135. %e2%80%9cone therefore attempted to pump the spinal cord out...%22
  • Page 167.  %e2%80%9c%e2%80%a6 these nerves%e2%80%a6have appeared for years in the shape of birds...%22
  • Page 137.  %28little men%29 %e2%80%9c%e2%80%a6 occupied with the opening and closing of the eyes stood
  • Page 73.  %28the most moral human%29 %e2%80%9c%e2%80%99the eternal jew%e2%80%99%e2%80%a6%22
  • Page 139. %e2%80%9cbecause of the irresistible attraction of my nerves i had become an embarrassing human%e2%80%a6 for god.%e2%80%9d
  • Sonnenstein asylum
  • Page 207
  • Denkwurdigkeiten eines nervenkranken %28memoirs of my nervous illness%29
  • Scan
  • Page 148. %e2%80%9cnothing could be envisaged as a further consequence of unmanning but fertilization by divine rays for the purpose of creating new human beings.%e2%80%9d