Labyrinth Psychotica – The Anoiksis Experiment by Roomforthoughts / Jennifer Kanary (NL), Credit: tom mesic

The Anoiksis Experiment

Jennifer Kanary (NL)

POSTCITY, Workshop Room
Wed 6. Sep 2023 16:00 – 17:30

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Making sense of the subjective experiences of psychosis and other “labels”

Research conducted at Queensland University estimates that one in thirteen people will experience an episode of psychosis before the age of 75. Despite its prevalence, most people do not know what it entails. As a consequence, it is often not recognized on time. It is feared that stigmatization is costing society deep emotional and financial suffering. Understanding psychosis is difficult, even for professionals. Labyrinth Psychotica has studied the subjective experiences of psychosis for over 15 years. This workshop takes a deep dive into these experiences. Revealing how hallucinations and delusions are not the fringe experiences we often think they are but are logical reactions to altered sense-perceptions that are central to human function and survival. Intricately related to how we build our realities. Through playful thought experiments and inspiring insights this workshop will transform your view of the phenomena and raise awareness of experiences of other “labels” in general, as well as provide insight into how we build our own realities and the conflicts that may arise within them.

Please note:
Number of participants: 24
Language: English

For anyone interested in mental health, trauma, and how we build realities.

Registration required. Workshops are open for FESTIVALPASS+, FESTIVALPASS or One-Day-Pass Holders only.


This workshop is presented in the context of the STARTS Prize and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 956603.

Jennifer Kanary (NL)

Jennifer Kanary (she/her), after finishing her PhD in psychosis simulation, further developed design principles of her simulations into a theory of subjectivity to help make sense of the underlying patterns of subjective experiences of psychosis. For the past few years she has tested and shared this theory with lived experiencers, and has used it to develop a new psychosis simulation The (Deep) Anoiksis Experience-Psychosis Edition that can be experienced in the expo. Her previous work trained more than 20,000 professionals in 20 countries. Her new work (2022) is currently being piloted in various professional education settings ranging from the Dutch police to a German prison network and a Belgian mental health hospital and will visit its sixth country this year. It will officially launch to the general public at the end of 2023.