‘A Plan for Nigel’ sequences the uncanny, unsettling account of Nigel, a severe ex-hoarder and accumulation of four traumatic events that converged into the ultimate estrangement from his own psychological self and physical surroundings. Following the artist’s investigations into psychosis and the unseen in the figure of Sarah Winchester- Amnesia, A Rehearsal, Yung now points to the psychoanalyst’s role in her conversation with Nigel, re-contextualised with expert insight from three psychologists. Yung directs an unexpected script that plays out as each personage appears, framing the impetus of one man’s dark sufferings into a coherent plot despite the very separate interviews filmed in disparate timeframes, locations and contexts. The circular editing pre-empts the wider diagnosis, treatment, ontological and scientific praxis of trauma, applying textbook generics to accentuate the very vivid, breakdown of Nigel’s suffering. The visceral details of his experience seep the extent of his implausible horror to the eventual cadence of viewer satisfied resolve and conclusive hope. Through the editing timeline, Yung is afforded the tool to offer a conclusive present truth, sparing viewer from certain aspects of Nigel’s unsavory story that he himself is unable to assuage from his memory.
see wider context, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing