Perspectives – Vol. 1, No. 3 – Video Movie Therapy: An Overview On A New Art Therapy

Dr. Gaetano Giordano, Rome, Italy

The Video movie Therapy – or Videotape Therapy – is a peculiar form of Creative Therapy based on the creative, expressive, and self-referred potentialities of videotape. The V.M.T. began in Rome, in 1988, and is the first psychotherapy model in the world (*) which utilizes and structures videotape in a creative way for a psychotherapy. Using the V.M.T., a group of patients (usually between 5 to 7) and their therapist make an ironic and caricatured video (editing and computerized post production included.).

1. Theoretical Aspects

The epistemological, cultural and pragmatic roots of the V.M.T. are found in cybernetics, constructive-paradoxical literature (von Foerster, von Glaserfeld, Hofstadter, Maturana, Varela, Watzlawick), Zen philosophy, Wittgenstein philosophy, Eschers world, Farrelly’s Provocative Therapy, and J. Hillman production. Continued…

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