Inspired by Grade II listed building, Kingsley Hall in Bow, Dee has spent the last 3 years researching the legacy of R.D Laing and his Philadelphia Association colleagues who established the first therapeutic community there between 1965-1970. Particularly interested in Kingsley Hall resident, Mary Barnes who was an artist, poet and long-term sufferer of mental health issues, Dee has worked with Mary’s resident psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Berke on a number of projects relating to Mary and her friendship with Joseph.
In 2015, Dee worked alongside Laing’s colleagues Dr Joseph Berke and Dr Leon Redler as well as Turner prize nominee, artist Luke Fowler in celebrating 50 years of the Philadelphia Association through music, poetry and talks. In early 2016, Dee rejoined forces with Dr Leon Redler to explore the Dialectics of Liberation, a congress that included eminent psychiatrists, philosophers and activists exploring ways in which to demystify human violence. Dee’s main aim was to highlight the lack of platforms given to women at the original conference and she worked closely with feminist artist, Carolee Schneemann on a series of talks and discussions to address this.