When the Beast knocks is an artistic project by Mister Geez about his periodic Cluster Headache condition.
Cluster headache (aka the Beast) is a condition characterised by recurrent attacks (20 to 240 minutes) of excruciating unilateral periorbital pain.
Headache or migraine is a bit of a misnomer for one of the worst pain known to human beings.
Born out of frustration and despair, this project is a way to expose the Beast by raising more awareness and understanding.
The artist decided to track the Beast in two cycles or “bouts” (2018 and 2021) by recording audio notes after each attack.
Datasets were created from the audio logs with informations such as attack duration, intensity, location and personal feelings.
Data visualisations of each cycle were programmatically created from the datasets to gather insights about the attacks patterns.
Photographs of Mister Geez re-enacting attacks while playing the audio logs were shot in studio settings.
All the artwork was hand printed with the cyanotype alternative process for those beautiful blues contrasting with the harshness of the theme.
A dedicated website is in development for the project at https://whenthebeastknocks.com
23rd – 30th March 2022 @ Muxima art space, Bow, London E3