Sidsel Christensen / Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg / Kimmo Modig / nova Milne / Lea Porsager / Robert Steijn / The Telepathy Project
For »Framework 1: extrasensory bonds« insitu invites seven international artists to present their investigations into extraordinary forms of communication. Whether the artists focus on communicating with a higher power, reaching out to one’s own past- or future-self or understanding the world through their dreams, all experiment with existing techniques of extrasensory communication in their work. By adapting methods such as hypnosis, telepathy, dream analysis or card-reading, the artists all open a door to intangible forces, some with a quite humorous approach.
insitu intends to explore not only alternative forms of communication, but also to discuss the human need behind it – the desire to connect with something beyond our understanding, and belief in indefinable powers, however differently they might be imagined. In that sense the exhibition has been designed as a laboratory space for visitors to experience unusual connections themselves. The audience is welcome to try out self-hypnosis, artistic healing methods or register for a fortune telling session to discover their own extrasensory bonds.
In 2009 Sidsel Christensen underwent hypnosis for »Study for Composition I« in which she found herself the leader of a Greek cult from 2000 ago that is on the precipice of collapse. Through the use of abstract geometric forms, the work draws a potential parallel between transformative spirituality and early modernist abstract practice in fine art.
In their book »Experiment with Dreams« (Firework Edition 1996), Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg have gathered over 200 letters written to the most powerful and famous persons and institutions all over the world that they have dreamt about. In the letters, they accuse them of stealing ideas from the artists’ unconscious and therefore ask for monetary compensation.
In the very personal letter »On reading« (2014) Kimmo Modig tells us about his practice of card reading and how this might be related to art. Modig writes that card reading can put us in unexpected situations and that it makes him and his opposite maybe even feel or say something real. »Making art is the same as fortune-telling. It’s me wanting us to believe. Or you wanting me to be right.« At the 28th of June at 4pm Modig will perform »Reading with you« via skype at insitu. Subscribe to receive a fortune-telling session.
In »Videodromes For The Alone: Love Cats« (1991/2007) by the artist duo nova Milne, we see the artist, Stephanie in her youth in 1991, performing a choreographed dance routine to The Cure’s Love Cats. She is joined alongside 2007’s Richard, her future lover, seemingly as if they have been embedded in each other’s lives all along.
»Dreaming the Collection« (2013), by The Telepathy Project (artist duo of Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples) draws from the ideas of Democritus, an ancient Greek philosopher who hypothesised that images emanated from material objects which could enter the pores of the sleeping person and directly influence their dreams. The artists slept on reproductions of paintings of sleeping figures to divine what the sleepers were in turn dreaming about. Guest performers then recreated these dreams through scripts and songs. For the installation, visitors are welcome to take away copies of the paintings to discover the figures’ dreams for themselves.
Throughout his practice, Robert Steijn generates collaborations and exchanges with various other communities to celebrate ritual. For his participation at insitu, the choreographer and dancer proposes a written drawing whose reading is meant for a self-hypnosis session. Invited to sit down in a dedicated quiet room, the audience follows the meandering tiny writing with the help of a magnifying glass and audio of the artist himself reading those lines. The experience invokes meditation and introspection.
Known for referencing a broad range of occult theories, sciences and pseudo-sciences of the body and mind, the artist Lea Porsager investigates in »Schizometrical Objectification« (2012–2013) multiple ideas of the power of things. Porsager offers with »serious irony« prototypes to stir up zest on a cellular level and invites the audience to begin self-healing processes. With one hand on the metal plate and the other holding the absurd objects to the affected body part, the healing is initiated.