Videoinsight® (EN)

Healing with Contemporary Art

  • Author Rebecca Luciana Russo
  • Series Biblioteca d'arte contemporanea, 28
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 316
  • Illustrations 78 colour images
  • Language English
  • Year 2010
  • ISBN 9788836619542
  • Price € 25,00  € 23,75
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Art and Life are irrevocably tied. Art is a signifier that can provoke infinite attributions of meaning. Can Contemporary Art also heal? Can it help promote psychological well-being and resolve inner distress? Through words and images, in this intimate and scientific diary Rebecca Luciana Russo, a psychotherapist and collector of Contemporary Art, reveals her personal and professional experience. The author defines Videoinsight® as the transformative new awareness triggered by the vision of contemporary artwork. After investigating the relationship between Art and Life, she presents fourteen case studies on the introduction of contemporary video art in psychodiagnostic and psychotherapeutic processes.


Part One

I. Art and Life
II. The Psychological Power of Images
III. The Psychology of Art
IV. Art Therapy
V. Clinical Psychology, Psychological Diagnosis, Psychodiagnostic Testing, the Rorschach Test
VI. Contemporary Art and My Profession as a Pyschologist and Psychotherapist
VII. The Concept of Performance in Art and Psychotherapy
VIII. A Personal Collection of Contemporary Artworks Characterized by Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Subjects
IX. Videoinsight® as an Inner Discovery Promoted by the Viewing of Contemporary Artworks
X. Experiments with Photography and Art Videos in Psychological Diagnosis
XI. The Psychotherapeutic Potential of Photography and Art Videos
XII. The Use of Video Art in Psychotherapy
XIII. Criteria for the Selection of Artworks in the Videoinsight® Experience
XIV. Parallels between Art Videos and Psychotherapy Sessions: Space, Time, Metaphor, Games, Culture
XV. The Videoinsight® Centre

Part Two. Clinical Examples

Working Method
1. Masbedo
2. Ursula Mayer
3. Elena Kovylina
4. Regina José Galindo
5. Sophie Whettnall
6. Marzia Migliora
7. Sissi
8. Agnieszka Polska
9. Ali Kazma
10. Rä di Martino
11. Alice Cattaneo
12. Ottonella Mocellin e Nicola Pellegrini
13. Tejal Shah
14. Nathalie Djurberg


It’s always more than the two of us. An Essay in Two Voices on Art as a Participatory Experience
by Maria Rosa Sossai and Giulio Squillacciotti

Index of Illustrations