Call for Submissions: The Delusional Show

The Performance Laboratory seeks submissions for its April event…

The Delusional Show
Friday, April 18, 2014

Defined in 1913 by psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jasper, the criteria for delusions are:
-beliefs held with absolute conviction, despite evidence to the contrary
-beliefs that are impossible, false of content or bizarre
Furthermore, delusions that involve value judgements are only thought to be delusions if they are so extreme that they cannot be proven true. For example, a man saying he has flown to the sun and back would be considered delusional because we have no way to prove if he did or didn’t.

Delusions come in several types, based around a variety of themes, and in some cases turn out to be a true belief. This is known as the Martha Mitchell effect, an attorney general’s wife who alleged that illegal activity was taking place in the White House and was declared delusional until Watergate broke, proving her sane.

Submit to participate in this performative display of delusions. Brought to you, as always, with love from the Performance Laboratory!

Submissions for original performances of 10 minutes or less will be accepted until Friday, April 4. Please send a brief description of the proposed performance along with any images or links to previous work and/or visual inspiration for the piece to: