Marlon Miguel holds a double PhD in Fine Arts (Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis) and Philosophy (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). He taught for four years at Université Paris 8 as well as one semester at Leipzig University. His PhD-research focused on the work of Fernand Deligny and he is responsible for the organization and classification of Deligny’s archives stored at the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (IMEC). Furthermore, he has published several papers as well as a dissertation on his work entitled À la marge et hors-champ: l’humain dans la pensée de Fernand Deligny (2016). His current research focuses on the intersection between art, anthropology, and psychiatry.

His recent publications include ‘Le matérialisme concret de Fernand Deligny: vers une pensée du milieu humain’ (Actuel Marx 62 [2017]) and ‘Somewhere in the Cévennes Circa 1970. Experiencing Space and spacing experience in Fernand Deligny’s Network’ (Experiencing Space – Spacing Experience: Concepts, Practices and Materialities [2014]). Beyond his academic pursuits, he has been practicing contemporary circus for more than ten years.

Common Environments:
Milieu and Umwelt in Alternative Clinical-Artistic Practices

ICI Project 2018-20

The current project examines how radically alternative clinical practices conceive healing as an intervention on the environment (milieu and Umwelt) rather than on the subject. The starting point of this project is the critical perspective of Fernand Deligny’s thinking and practice with young maladjusted adolescents and children with severe autism, as well as his relation to Antipsychiatry, ethology, and cartographic practices.

Deligny perceived the prevailing paradigm of inclusion, the basis of modern social and medical institutions, as a violent form of normalization that considers ‘abnormal’ subjects as ‘human capital’ to be turned into efficient workers. In opposition to this paradigm, Deligny considered social and clinical work as the creation of a favorable environment where ‘cases’ may evolve. Particularly through his work with autism, he developed an approach based on the experimental use of cameras, spatial installation, and cartography.