#426 – Exploring The Deep Psyche Through Music with Iain Woods aka “Psychologist”

Iain Woods aka Psychologist

Iain Woods is an artist based in London, England. He studied Fine Art at Warwickshire School of Fine Art and then Brighton School of Art from 2004-2008. Specialising in the study of conceptual art from the 1960’s onwards, his practise involved performance, video, sound-installation and works on paper, but it was always a preoccupation with consciousness, and ideas of the soul that were the mainstay thematically throughout his work. It was during this time that he started to toy with the idea of ‘Pop-Project as Fine-Art’.

Fascinated with the idea of ‘invisible sculpture’, Woods released his first EP (entitled ‘Stanislavsky’) as his final degree show-piece, claiming that he wanted to ‘fill the gallery whilst not presenting any physical object’. A pair of speakers were mounted and played throughout the space as though a radio had been left on. The pop ditties that were heard during that show went on to win Woods the ‘Channel 4 new music award’, and, when asked if he had a live band with which to play a gig in support of that award, Woods lied and said ‘yes’ – thus ‘psychologist’ was born.

Since then he has released the critically acclaimed ‘Waves of OK’ and ‘Propeller’ EPs in 2011, and for the last three years has been working on his debut full-length album, ‘Autophobe LP’, which he describes as ‘A trash-pop romp through an existential crisis’.

Here are recommended links to his music videos:
https://vimeo.com/108803518
http://psychologistmusic.com/
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/psychologist-comes-in-waves-47289
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PnCBBocp4Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xHlpDmff4E
https://vimeo.com/102150879
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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this interview but my ears pricked up right at the start on hearing the words amid the jumble in the introductory sound bite ‘And then at the end of the tunnel was this white light.’

    I was even more intrigued when the video about Jung and his ideas about death was mentioned and interrupted my listening to watch the video – several times. It is amazing and so well done.

    Part of the reason I was intrigued is that I just happened to be putting together a story on Near Death Experiences for my blog and was in the middle of writing about Jung’s NDE. I suspect this experience is what made Jung so confident in his conviction in what he termed the reality of the psyche. He had his NDE in 1944 and the interview that Iain used in his video clip was done in 1959.

    Iain is obviously a very talented individual and it was good to hear that his creative imagination is a result of having been nurtured and encouraged by his parents in his childhood.

    For the record, these are the words of Jung that Iain lip synched. The question Jung was responding to was: “I remember you said that death is psychologically just as important as birth and like it is an integral part of life but surely it can’t be like birth if it’s an end, can it?”

    “Yes. If it’s an end and there we are not quite certain about this end because you know there are these peculiar faculties of the psyche that it isn’t entirely confined to space and time. You can have dreams or visions of the future, you can see around corners.”

    “When the psyche is not under that obligation to live in time and space alone and obviously it doesn’t, then to that extent the psyche is not subjected to those laws and that may serve a practical continuation of life of a sort of psychical existence beyond time and space.”

    What a surprising vehicle to have these words immortalised through.

  2. Steve Bar Yakov Gind
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Real Great interview!