Struggling with addiction, compulsive behavior, regret? Check in to the National Facility for the Regulation of Regret (NFRR).
Rachel Genn, an artist and writer with a background in pyschology research, and Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence winner, has created a collaborative gallery-based installation; a quasi-institution called 'THE NATIONAL FACILITY FOR THE REGULATION OF REGRET ( or NFRR).'
The “cells” contain a range of the characters’ personal effects; singularly narrating (while also humanising) the disturbances of each patient. Scientific information about the regret-related compulsive behaviours have been woven into the installation promoting a deeper understanding of these behaviours through story.
The NFRR is home to three fictional characters with regret-related disturbances and their stories are narrated by the personal possessions in their rooms. Johnny, a middle-aged soap actor who has stalked a middle-aged pop star for years (see his costumes, made in Art Therapy, for a lifesize Jarvis Cocker dress up doll); a body dysmorphic woman, Lassie Fortune, who does her own plastic surgery, whose works of art therapy decorate the halls of the facility; Karl, a gambler crippled by superstition.
Coming from neuroscience, Rachel is interested in how the brain computes what we want even when we no longer like it. Regret is a product of making the wrong decision and the quality of decision-making decreases as the addictive process advances. A question arises: Is there a specific relationship between regret and addiction that remains hidden?