Galleries of insane projects
Psychoboys can't do the impossible but they just
might be able to give you the illusion of it. Dr. Panda has 30 years experience
working in the building and construction industries. He is a historian and
refers to himself as a student of orthodoxy. Which is the study of methodology
and reasoning. He has scoured the old world in search of technology that
has been all but forgotten so he might bring them back to be applied the
world of today. He has also developed some unique techniques of his own
that set his work apart.
An artist and craftsperson who is widely skilled
in many disciplines. Dr. Panda has worked, not only in stage and screen
set design and construction, but is also a seasoned stage manager and knows
more than a little about acting. If it's interesting, creative and unusual,
Dr. Panda can do it. And if Dr. Panda can't, one of his highly skilled colleagues
can. He can restore ancient and antique furniture using techniques adapted
from the era, or as we've been doing here at AEK, building a science fiction
nightmare decor for the studio and laboratory.
The pictures and projects presented here for reference,
are only a small sample of Psychoboys work. Just the things I had on hand
and mainly the work we've been doing together here at AEK. However I'll
add more as the material becomes available.
THE SHORT VERSION:
Dr. Andrew Panda use to get called "Psychoboy."
because of a supposed and erroneously diagnosed mental condition. The
people who called him "Psychoboy" were supposedly his friends but who
were in fact far more psycho than Dr. Panda ever was. Drunks and Drug
fiends who couldn't even start their day without a beer over breakfast
and half a dozen cones. And while they told the world that they were looking
after 'Poor Dr. Panda,' in reality, Dr. Panda had become their slave and
whipping boy. Who's opinions, needs and condition was treated with the
same level of respect given to a noxious weed.
Perhaps his nicknamed should have been Cinderella,
but Cinderella only had a couple of ugly bull dyke step sisters. She didn't
have to endure a group of incompetent, low IQ, drug addled sociopaths
who were all far more psycho than Dr. Panda ever was. So the term "Psychoboy"
is one of extreme irony. A very dark in-joke. We decided that if these
people considered themselves "normal" and passed themselves
off as fine, upstanding citizens, then we'd much rather be Psycho.
THE DEVIL'S DETAILS:
The sad truth is that Dr.
Panda has been used and abused for the past 15 odd years. Misdiagnosed
and incorrectly treated by the medical profession and used and abused
by people who called themselves his friends. In the Mid 80s, he was the
manager of a building maintenance firm. He was responsible for many of
the biggest buildings in Adelaide. He was once haled a hero when the windows
in the city's largest building began shattering. Were it not for Dr. Panda's
quick thinking, the ultra sharp dagger-like shards would have rained down
on the lunch time crowd below like bullets.
He was a rare beast in the building industry.
A works manager who everyone actually liked. He would employ people who
would otherwise never be given a chance and was a strategy that paid off
handsomely. He made millions for the owners of the company and was destined
for bigger things. But like the windows in the StateBank building, his
life was shattered when work and stress saw him have a nervous breakdown.
Working normal hours and on-call 24/7 in case of emergencies, he lost
so much sleep that one day they found him delusional and in danger on
a building site. But his problems were only just starting.
That was when he fell into the clutches of Dr.
Karl. A registered shrink who's had more than his fair share of malpractice
suits. I can't figure why this shrink hasn't been struck off the medical
register. I met Dr. Karl myself once about the turn of the century. I
was only in his company for 60 seconds at most and I had an almost overwhelming
desire to punch his lights out. And I'm a pacifist by nature. An obnoxious
little man who thinks he's channeling the spirit of Siegmond Freud and
Dr. Mengler all at once. But Dr. Panda was in a bad way at the time and
with the drugs Dr. Karl pumped him full of, it made sure he stayed that
way for the next 15 years.
He diagnosed Dr. Panda as having "rapid cycling
bi-polar disorder." A condition that doesn't actually exist. Pumping
Dr. Panda with ever increasing doses of ever more toxic substances which
everyone could see was having an inversely proportional effect. Everyone
except Dr. Karl and Dr. Panda that is. Dr. Karl because he had a nice
little cash cow going. Dr. Panda because he was now so out of it he couldn't
remember what life use to be like anyway.
Dr. Panda's living circumstances changed and as
luck would have it, this also meant he had to change shrinks. Dr. Panda
finally escaped the menace of Dr. Karl and into the care of Dr. Jeff.
Who was rightly freaked when he looked at the list of medication. 28 in
all. Taken daily. Many of which were contra indicated. Which means, no-one
in their right mind would prescribe them to be taken together at the same
time. The combinations can kill you. Not to mention the near lethal doses
of some other medication he was prescribed. More 'Over' than 'Dose.' Enough
to make a lesser man very sick. Very sick indeed.
Little wonder then that by this time, Dr. Panda
had several very serious conditions. One of which caused him to be unable
to keep anything in his stomach long enough to digest it. They had to
prescribe his "MEDICATION" to be taken intravenously because
he couldn't even keep pills down. And because of his supposed mental condition,
this too was misdiagnosed for 3 years. That is, until finally he vomited
so hard he tore his stomach in half. Only then, after emergency surgery,
did anyone realize that it was actually caused initially by a simple hernia.
A condition which is common for people who have worked in the building
After 15 years, Dr. Panda is now starting to recover
some of his life although he still suffers the effects and the damage
is done. No-one wants him back in the building trade because he's too
hard to insure so he's struck out on his own. And together with his associates,
He can manufacture or build almost anything.
Dr. Panda has done some exemplary work over the
years and I'll try and represent some of it here. As and when I get photos.
As well as photos of collaborative projects and a gallery of our friend's
crazy and inspired projects. If you have an unusual project or need something
unusual made, please consider giving Dr. Panda the work. A talent like
Dr. Panda's shouldn't go to waste.