by  matthew tomkinson

Paroxysms is a photo series combining found text, concrete poetry, and glitch art. The work comprises 36 manipulated screenshots gathered from nineteenth-century medical texts about madness. These texts were found in online public-domain archives and include an 1806 treatise on insanity by the putative founder of modern psychiatry, Philippe Pinel, as well as an 1812 treatise on “diseases of the mind” by an American physician named Benjamin Rush. Exploiting a flaw in photo-editing software that is meant to remove unwanted blemishes from pictures (but dramatically mishandles text), these images are subjected to glitch and erasure, ultimately materializing as visual poems.