In the context of Luksch's Kurhaus sculptures, these meaning-producing, culturally and historically specific ideas must be located in the realm of socio-medical discourses on nervosity as well as progressive artistic trends tied to the international Secession movement.
Andreas Killen recently argued that this proliferation of nervosity had its roots in the popularization of the "new disease construct of neurasthenia" (Killen 2), a term first coined in the 1860s by the American physician and neurologist George M.
In the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Richard Krafft-Ebing actively contributed to this new diagnosis of nervosity by proposing that nervous conditions resulted from the overstimulation of an individual's innate nervous resources by the stresses of modern life in the city.
In Vienna 1900, nervosity as a distinctly modern and urban diagnosis of both the mind and the body was also decidedly classed and gendered.
But there are places in the book where the thrill of the fantastic and the imagination's ability, as Shelley says, "to create what it sees," left me behind, excluded, confronted with a gorgeous nervosity
I could not enter.