Geist und Natur.
Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Einheit
R. D. Laing, friend and German film maker in hotel swimming pool, 1988.
Ronald D. Laing (1927 − 1989) was a psychiatrist who was an important influence for the anti psychiatric movement. He published among others The Divided Self (1960),
The Self and Others (1969),
The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise (1967).
The German filmmaker is my father.
After the interview was broadcasted, my father was banned as an author from ZDF due to Laing’s statements about God and had to start working for another tv station, WDR, which is where and how he first met my mother.
A German filmmaker asked Ronald D. Laing in 1988 for an interview for a television contribution for the German channel ZDF. Mr. Laing declined, but invited the filmmaker to join the symposium “Geist und Natur. Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Einheit” in Vienna. They went out drinking and talking every night and then one day went swimming in the hotel’s swimming pool. Mr. Laing said: “Do you still want the interview? Let’s do it here.”
This is a transcript of the interview.
Big Science by Laurie Anderson plays.