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Do you remember what normal felt like? 

Nostalgic for a lost normality, the salesperson character advocates for this special mineral as a cure for exhaustion. The script reflects on the systemic conditions and crises that have led to the global depletion of energy.

Navigating between the salt evaporation ponds in the Atacama Desert, equity firms in Shenzhen and energetic figures such as Evo Morales and Elon Musk, the film also underlines the omnipresence of this element in the environment, public waterways, human brains and interstellar matter. Is the solution to global burn-out simply a matter of concentration?

 

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From Burn-Out to 7UP: On Lithium and Mental Health

On 14 January 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising an online event about the role that lithium plays in the treatment of mental health problems and symptoms of exhaustion and overwork. Entitled From Burn-Out to 7UP: On Lithium and Mental Health, it is part of a series of public activities related to Lithium and Thursday Night Live!
 

The discursive programme TNL! Lithium offers an in-depth addition to the exhibition that is now showing at Het Nieuwe Instituut. (Online) visitors can be recharged by the sustainable energy source of lectures and debates. In each event, they can learn more about the role that lithium plays in the different forms and aspects of burn-out that are covered by the exhibition; from raw material extraction to mental health and the so-called green energy landscape.

 

Marina Otero Verzier, Anastasia Kubrak
David Habets, Cameron Hu, Stefan Schäfer
Ina Hollmann
Katrin Bombe
Austin Redman