In the making, the Hippocampus project is a music album that aims to raise awareness and empathy for survivors of sexual assaults. Co-produced by Jean-François Lemieux and done in two disctinct languages, English and French, it will paint in nine songs the different pathways of survival. All profits from sales will be given to the non-profit organisation which supports victims of sexual assaults in Quebec, RQCALACS.
Where is the name Hippocampus coming from?
As she was struggling with PTSD and wanting to live a better life, Marie Martine Bédard started to educate herself about her illness. She becomes aware of the work of Dr. Muriel Salmona, a psychiatrist and activist from France who dedicated her career and work to the cause of victims of sexual violence.
It was a turning point in her survivor's life. She learned about the hippocampus of the brain and its role in rape. Thus understood that if the hippocampus allowed her to survive during the attacks, it was now damaged.
Did you know that the shape of the hippocampus of the brain resembles one of the seahorse and that is exactly the reason why it is named that way?
Well, Marie Martine Bédard did not! With this dicovery though her metaphor for her new project was about to come to life.
" As a survivor, I tried to live my life hiding my fears, my weaknesses and my strange ways to get by. Yet, I knew there was something beautiful about surviving the worst. When I made my first discoveries on the seahorse I began to draw parallels. To understand these parallels I guess that you must know that the seahorse does not live nor function in life like any other fish. For example, it is the slowest and as a consequence wears an impressive camouflage to protect itself from possible predators on his path. That being said, it is also a magnificent creature." — Marie Martine Bédard