The Physician is an evolving public health program developed and facilitated by artist Jason Maling.

Drawing on relatively new theories of Beuysenklein voidal dematerialization and chromatic wound treatment, Maling invites patients to self-actualise a pneumatic ritual using a suite of handmade equipment. Through a one-on-one, client-centered process of discursive transmuting and retooling, latent belief receptors in the body are activated, clearing unwanted metaphoric deposits and restoring full socio-poetic function.

In simple terms Maling manipulates the inverse ludic actualities and embedded ludic potentialities that exist in most encounters of a physical and metaphysical nature.

Public institutions such as the City Gallery Wellington are now recognising the need to provide clinical on-site services that address a range of dissociative conditions from metaphobia and mild conceptual perturbation through to acute indifference disorder and severe relational deficiency.

From March 1st – 12th 2014 The Physician will be available for appointments during gallery hours. 10am – 5pm

Appointments are FREE and generally last 45 minutes.

To book a time to see The Physician click HERE

You can also encounter The Physician doing his rounds on an hourly basis within the exhibition spaces of the City Gallery.

If you are interested in finding out more about the artist and the project Jason Maling will be presenting a talk and Q&A at the gallery at the close of his residency – Wed 12th March 6pm. For more details visit the City Gallery website


Jason Maling is a Melbourne based artist whose work explores individual and collective expressions of play through processes of public invitation, exchange and negotiation. Situated somewhere between comedy and critique, his projects happen where they need to and use what they must, combining people, live performance, graphic design, text, and object making. As a writer, educator and founding member of Live Art advocacy collective, Field Theory, he is an ardent supporter of work that crosses disciplines, shifts contexts and seeks new strategies for intervening in the public sphere.

Jason has guided people towards publically spanking each other on the original site of Lords Cricket Ground, encouraged people to crawl on their knees through the streets of the London and remapped cities in France with sharp sticks. He once generated an espionage ring in New Zealand and harnessed artists for public transport in Melbourne. Over the last few years he has been offering his services as a public enigma alongside running a Prismatic Auditing business. As If this wasn’t enough he recently developed a civic improvement league to curb inner city violence and started a post-boy band called Self Help.

Jason’s recent forays into clinical practice are born of a fascination with the theatre of medicine – the myth of the artist and the things we are willing to do in-between. He claims to have absolutely no medical training beyond once practising mouth to mouth on a latex dummy in standard 4 PE class and being able to apply a band-aid without letting the sticky bits touch each other.


This project is generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and City Gallery Wellington.