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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, 2016
  • Page 73.  “This process of unmanning…, 2016
  • Page 75.  “… within the Order of the World...", 2016
  • Miracled Bird, 2016
  • A New Race of Beings, 2016
  • Page 112. (footnote) , 2016
  • Page 100.  “I could tell of wandering clocks...", 2016
  • Page 99.  “Therefore ‘scorpions’ were repeatedly put into my head…", 2016
  • Page 118.  (Impure souls in the forecourts of heaven) , 2016
  • Page 119.  “…notes are kept in which for years have been written down all my thoughts…", 2016
  • Page 133.  “A ‘lung worm’ was frequently produced in me by miracles...", 2016
  • Page 135. “One therefore attempted to pump the spinal cord out...", 2016
  • Page 167.  “… these nerves…have appeared for years in the shape of birds..." , 2016
  • Page 137.  (Little men) “… occupied with the opening and closing of the eyes...", 2016
  • Page 73.  (The most moral human) “’The Eternal Jew’…", 2016
  • Page 139. “Because of the irresistible attraction of my nerves I had become an embarrassing human… for God.”  , 2016
  • Sonnenstein Schloss das Irrenklinic für den Messias, 2016
  • Page 207, 2016
  • Denkwurdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken (memoirs of my nervous illness), 2016
  • Page 97, 2016
  • Page 148., 2016
  • Page 207, 2016