Click to Experience “My Nervous Breakdown”


About the Project:
“My Nervous Breakdown” describes a four-part journey into a mental breakdown and past it, into recovery and redemption. A mix of medical facts, talk therapy, visual archetypes, and a lexicon of dreams, the four parts combine imagery, text, and audio to portray a personal, but fictional, record of one man’s voyage into an obsessive, but often humorous, world of self-doubt and delusion. After navigating the four sections, the viewer is led to a closing page which completes the narrative. The world we are presented in this digital story is not one of anguish or terror: instead, we see how mental instability can find its release within the expressive arts.

About the Author:
Alan Bigelow was the 2011 winner of the BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média. His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in,, SFMOMA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (The National Art Center, Tokyo), MLA 2012-2013, FAD, VAD,, The Museum of New Art (MONA, Detroit), Art Tech Media 2010, FILE 2007-2012, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and elsewhere.

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Photo by Jason Comely