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Gestures of Resilience

On 24th March I will be performing at the London College of Communication. 

The blurb for it says: 

Gestures of Resilience" is inspired by exceptional people, individuals with a gift of life beyond the narrow definition of 'the norm'. This event celebrates their knowledge and experience through personal and creative 'gestures of resilience'.

Using film, performance and autobiographical presentations for and by people with experience of alternative inner vision, the event will produce transitory objects and ephemeral gestures.

Curated by Sal Anderson and featuring filmmaker Antonia Attwood and performance by Dolly Sen.

My take: 

If you Google mental illness, you invariably get the head-clutcher gesture, which is a limiting, cliché gesture of mental health, but to be fair, can sometimes be true. Sometimes my gestures can go the other way to the one or two fingered gesture saying ‘fuck you’ to a world, on the whole, that doesn’t seem to care. But my most consistent gesture of resilience is to connect with the world or to try and grab grace through the gaps of my fingers, hoping some will dance with pain I feel.  

My gestures of resilience are anything that  protects my heart, whether it be art, nature, love, or humour. I will be using humour as a starting point in my performance at the LCC, by attempting to solicit funds for ‘help the normals’, to elicit serious conversations about positions in society, and why mad people have to extend their resilience beyond mental distress to the bullshit poured on them for being different. Why can’t we pity the low standards exhibited by some normals or the arrogance of their servitude? Or offer the realisation that we are all experiencing the human condition, and mad people can teach you a thing or two about it.

'More than 300 million people suffer from mental disorders' Gulbenian Global Mental Health Platform 2014

‘More than 7 billion people suffer from the human condition. The only difference is making it different.’ Dolly Sen 2015

Posted by Dolly Sen, 16 March 2015

Last modified by Dolly Sen, 16 March 2015

Bobby Baker Kickstarter Campaign

Bobby Baker wants to make 3 new animations starring Dr Bobby, Roxy and Rudi to spread the word about their fantastic arts & mental health programme, which involves me and some other artists. 

Read more about it at 

Posted by Dolly Sen, 12 March 2015

Last modified by Dolly Sen, 12 March 2015

hug this blog

 I created art about an awkward relationship between reader and book where every page says 'hug me'.

Don't feel awkward enough? 

Hug this blog. Go on, put your arms around it...

Posted by Dolly Sen, 12 March 2015

Last modified by Dolly Sen, 12 March 2015

The Bored's Prayer

Reading Jane McCormick's blog 'Give us our Daily Meds' inspired me to re-write the Lord's Prayer. I don't have delusions of grandeur, but psychiatry does:

Our psychiatry
Who would section heaven
Hallowed by thy name
My freedom gone
Thy will be done
Force and restraint, let's forget compassion

Give us this day our daily meds
And forgive not our differences
As we submit to those who trespass against us
Lead us into painful sensation and mental castration
Forever and ever


Posted by Dolly Sen, 7 March 2015

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 11 March 2015

'Help the Normals' with £3 a month

Am working hard on my favourite charity case 'Help the Normals' by setting up a website.

They are a group of people who do not garner much sympathy, but I think need so much help, the poor bastards. They lack insight and need rehabilitation, and I am the person to do it!


Posted by Dolly Sen, 7 March 2015

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 9 March 2015