Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
I am a Canadian born mind-warrior based in The Netherlands. I am founder of roomforthoughts, an artistic research practice that uses installation art, collaboration, technology, and multi-media as methods of research to address mental health issues. My practice is ultimately dedicated to understanding the physics of thought in relation to the experience of reality, and how the brain constructs it.
After her sister-in-law- who was diagnosed with schizophrenia- committed suicide, I began a journey of understanding psychosis (also known as madness or a ‘thought disorder’). I obtained my PhD Labyrinth Psychotica: Simulating Psychotic Phenomena with the Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University. With the help of many valued network partners, prestigious grants and freelance developers and artists, I was able to bring my research together into two final simulation projects: The Wearable (2013) and The Labyrinth (2013).
In the past three years Labyrinth Psychotica has helped thousands of mental health care professionals in eighteen different countries to better understand the nature of the subjective experience of psychosis. I am an experienced speaker on the subject of psychosis simulation, providing keynotes in several countries in Europe. My other skills involve writing, and curating art science projects. I am an experienced educator in Art & Research. I recently started learning how to program in the Unity game engine.
I am currently working on securing funding that will allow me to attract a team of dedicated developers and business people who will help me upscale Labyrinth Psychotica, as well as develop new digital tools of empathy that function as ‘prosthetics of the imagination’ in better understanding mental health issues.
With their help I aim to grow a sustainable social entrepreneurship that will reach millions instead of thousands. For them, I want to be the best creative leader I can be.