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CHAPTER 6. Mirror Neurons and the dispositifs of Social Neuroscience

Jane and Louise Wilson, Hypnotic Suggestion 505

Joan Jonas, Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy

Lynn Hershman, Strange Culture

Gilbert and George, The Singing Sculpture

Marina Abramovic, Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze

 
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Jane and Louise Wilson, Hypnotic Suggestion 505

Jane and Louise Wilson collaborate to explore dyadic[1] perspectives and stereoscopic visions through photography, video and sculptural installation. They are best known for their split-screen film installations, which “in the hands of the twins the device structures instead a dangerous liaison of selves.”[2] The Wilson’s early performance work with the narcissistic telepathy of performance for video, highly reminiscent of Rosalind Krauss’ observation of rampant telepathy in early video art of the 1970s, and augmented with hypnosis and LSD, presented the twins as one artist rather than as collaborators. The twins refuse to be drawn out too directly on this question of telepathy within …

Joan Jonas, Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy

Joan Jonas’ work Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy is a central and obvious example of early video artists work with telepathy. Susan Rothenberg says of Jonas’ work “What I think she was doing was changing the world of sensory perception. You went to a Jonas [sic] work to see one of the excruciatingly odd minds of that time [late 60s and early 70s] make a window into her world, that would in a few hours make a window in yours.” [1] Jonas mirrored herself, the surroundings and the audience. She used mirrors, masks and the monitor to create a double reality for the audience. Live activity …

Lynn Hershman, Strange Culture

Lynn Hershman gained initial recognition as an earlier conceptual video and media artist who drew upon feminist surrealist qualities. Hershman’s text “Reflections on the Electric Mirror” deals with telepathy and video and is published alongside Rosalind Krauss’ theories of telepathy of video in relation to psychoanalysis, transference, intuition and mirror imaging in Gregory Battcock’s anthology New Video Artists. In “Reflections on the Electric Mirror” Hershman discusses the left and right hand sides of the brain. Then she draws a circuit between the brain to television, then television to the mirroring of reality and psychoanalytic transference. Hershman writes:

“The right side of the brain controls …

Gilbert and George, The Singing Sculpture

Gilbert and George are the longest collaborating of post-conceptual artists, and significantly they declare that what they do together is less about collaboration and more about telepathy. In an interview with David Sylvester, Gilbert & George aspire to the nebulous weirdness of telepathy rather than identifying as collaborative artists:

George: Not that we do that, but we know what you mean.

Gilbert: We don’t do that.

George: That’s what we call a collaboration.

DS: And you don’t do that. What do you do?

Gilbert: Nothing.

George: That’s the weird thing. People say it must be so exciting, two people working together. It must be so …

Marina Abramovic, Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze

Abramoviç’s often repeats her longstanding desires to use telepathy instead of telecommunications and to work with scientists to develop time travel and teleportation. She strongly evokes the extro-scientific that is not quite science fiction yet also definitely not yet recognized by science. Abramovic desires a redistribution of the sensible that rejects the supremacy of technology and stretches scientific comprehension. Although science cannot explain telepathy, it comes close sometimes; in fact science in the hands of military, university and corporate capitalism can generate technological innovation, which in turn is constantly inventing new telepathies. When the word telepathy was invented in 1882, it was accompanying the invention …

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Immaterial Technologies of Mindedness


Superflex, The Working Life

Warren Neidich, In The Mind’s Eye

Mariko Mori, Wave UFO

Tony Oursler, Imponderable

Robert Barry, Telepathic Piece

Warren Neidich, Global Telepathic Broadcast

Superflex, The Working Life

Superflex worked with the hypnotist Tommy Rosenkilde and a sophisticated production team to create the short film The Working Life. The hypnotist begins by saying “Listen to my voice. My voice will take you on a journey…” and then progresses through to “Focus on the point between my eyes. This is where your journey begins.” The film runs for just under 10 minutes and addresses the work situation from a therapeutic perspective against the backdrop of current and ongoing economic and labour crisis. A transpersonal self, embodied in the image and voice of a therapist, shares experience of the bliss of working with a …

Warren Neidich, In The Mind’s Eye

Neidich explores telepathy in his work In the Minds Eye in which the psychoanalytic and/or mentalist dyad overlaps with the artist/curator dyad and artist/viewer dyad, demonstrating a transferential situation as it can be superimposed loosely onto activities outside of psychoanalysis. It externalizes an internal process of identifying and augmenting objects for exhibition without leaving a physical trace. Real objects are brought to a one-on-one theatrical performance event to create works of art in The Mind Eye as an immaterial exhibition space. The work asks “Who owns the work? What are its display conditions? Is that person the only one who has the ability and right …

Mariko Mori, Wave UFO

Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO, 2003, is an immersive installation that encases viewers in a droplet-shaped UFO-cyber-pod and accesses viewers’ state of mind to control orbs of colour projected like thought-forms on the ceiling. Computer graphics involving orb shapes are combined with viewers’ alpha, beta and theta brainwaves. Mori taps into the realms of psychical research and UFOlogy visible in movie and media obsessions with telepathy and mind control. Different mental states resulted in different orbs projected on the ceiling of the UFO. Agitated beta thoughts turned into elliptical orbs of red, wakeful relaxation theta turned them blue, and a dreamlike alpha state turned them …

Tony Oursler, Imponderable

Tony Oursler’s work with the technology of projectors and optimizes the notion of ‘psychic television’, using art to focus on how the televisual projector, like television sets and monitor before it, inherently signify euphoric and sinister telepathic exchange and imagination. Since the 1990s, Oursler has collected images, objects and ephemera relating to magic and the occult, many of which are documented in his published book titled Imponderable. Imponderable is also a feature length ninety-minute movie first shown in 2016 at MoMA in an exhibition again with the same name of Imponderable. Imponderable, the movie, explores cultural influence of technology on both the spirit …

Robert Barry, Telepathic Piece

Robert Barry created two almost identical artworks in Marcuse Piece, 1970-71 and Telepathic Piece, 1969, both of which are quite similar to Radiation Piece of 1969. He was very much inspired by technologies of invisible phenomena and Cold War psychic warfare and conflicting radio propaganda broadcasts produced by the USA and USSR. Barry worked rewith radioactive substances including Microcurie Radiation and radioactive Cesium, inert gases, ultrasonic sound, microwaves, telepathy and is also renowned for his use of language and text, as well as technologies and revolutionary concepts that often appear to be almost immaterial. Barry’s Telepathic Piece, existed through its appearance in …

Warren Neidich, Global Telepathic Broadcast

Warren Neidich describes his work Global Telepathic Broadcast in a Facebook discussion: “What happened in this piece was that a video monitor with a large antennae was set outside Madrid Spain for some show I was in that I don t remember the name of. Anyway ten artists from around the world were sent twenty images a piece. At a certain moment in time they were to look at a picture and transport it telepathically to this site in Spain. What resulted on the screen was the results of a competition of telepathically projected images. Those images most intensely visualized and those images chosen by …

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CHAPTER 8: Gilbert Simondon The Milieu and processes of individuation

(individuation and concretisation + behavioural economics and psyche of the market) also/and/or Issues of Collectivity: Crowds, Mobs, Swarming Intelligence and the The Public, Interpellation, Society of Mind, Network Society

Unmonastery/Ben Vickers, Strange Things

Gianni Motti, Psi Room

Robert Filliou and George Brecht, The Eternal Network

Sigmar Polke, Human Snake

Michael Goldberg, catchafallingknife.com

Carolee Schneeman, Meat Joy

OHO, Project OHO

Eva and Franco Mattes, I know that it is all a state of mind

Unmonastery/Ben Vickers, Strange Things

Ben Vickers is spokesperson for Unmonastery. Unmonastery are hacker activists working with community development projects as artwork, with a strong interest in hijacking or critiquing ‘strange things’ and emerging new futuristic telepathic devices such as DARPA’s Cortical Modem and Facebook telepathy. Unmonastery also casually invite people to RSVP for dinner via telepathy online, which serves to jokingly undercut or perhaps point to online facilitated telepathy futurism: http://discourse.unmonastery.org/t/berlin-open-dinner-and-session/112 Vickers discusses telepathy further in a Flash Art interview: “I think it is particularly interesting to consider it in this moment because if we look to Silicon Valley think of the activities of companies such as Google/Alphabet. They …

Gianni Motti, Psi Room

In Psy Room, Gianni Motti worked with post-Lacanian, psychoanalytic, transferential telepathy in a Colombian gallery, where gallery view­ers discussed their problems with Motti. When Motti and the media realized that visitors were all complain­ing about their president, the psychoanalytic artwork morphed into a media event, a form of passive and telepathic protest that threatened to destabilize the president of Columbia from outside of his palace, using the media-modulated telekinetic powers of thought consciousness aligned toward popular revolu­tion. Artists such as Motti and Jean-Jacques Lebel have placed telepathy at the centre of their work with participatory group collaboration and revolutionary work. Motti’s artwork Psy Room

Robert Filliou and George Brecht, The Eternal Network

Robert Filliou invented the notion of ‘The Eternal Network’ in the early 60’s along with George Brecht who helped develop the concept, and the artistic practice of telepathy. Telepathy was central to the Eternal Network, especially for Filliou whom also developed a related series of Telepathic Music artworks. Brecht and Filliou developed the idea of an eternal network of co-operating artists, as part of their involvement in Fluxus. In summer 1965, Filliou and Brecht set up a workshop called Cedille de Sourit as “an international center of permanent creation.”[1] March 1968 was an opportunity to consolidate The Eternal Network:

“[. . .] over the …

Sigmar Polke, Human Snake

Sigmar Polke’s Human Snake is a painting of a faces in a crowd. The transparent lattice of conjoined faces provided his use of tonal dropout reveals large fluid snake-like gestures and forms writhing below the social gathering. He combines his artwork with his engagement with activism and social movements as well as his work with animal energies and supernormal forces. The snake forms represent the telepathic umbilical cord that Tarde observes within crowds, and the aspect of crowd contagion as it is anchored in a part of the parasympathetic brain function that is shared with reptiles.

Michael Goldberg, catchafallingknife.com

Michael Goldberg’s artwork catchafallingknife.com is about stockmarket prediction. Goldberg performed this work within an installation at Artspace which was accessible to the public. He was both a sharetrader and performance artist. He started off with $50 000 and each day tracked the amount of money he lost and won on the stockmarket. In a related work made in 2008 called Remote Predictive Viewing, Goldberg attempted a psychic and precognitive divination of the stock market during the week of the commemoration of 9/11, when global markets are highly volatile. The methodology of Remote Predictive Viewing (RVP) was taken directly from CIA’s cold war experiments in …

Carolee Schneeman, Meat Joy

Kristine Stiles reveals that Carolee Schneemann, whose art is full of the paranormal, along with the work of Fluxus artists Yoko Ono and Larry Miller. Schneeman feared being considered “too crazy” and “nuts” if she acknowledged the paranormal in her art.11 Schneemann’s Meat Joy (1964) worked with group telepathy in the sense that the collaborators went into a trancelike state of body/mind and individual subjectivities fused into one ‘big meat joy’ and ‘spirit joy’. Movements became synchronized with the chain of sausages and dead animals circulating in and around between the bodies like telepathic umbilical cords. The bodies of individuals were blurred into an ecstatic, …

OHO, Project OHO

Slovenian collaborative Conceptual artists OHO worked with telepathy in the seventies via group projects, in conjunction with esoteric traditions, counterculture movements, ecological concerns and strong group interaction.47 In the early 1970s Abramoviç and her closest art school friends were curious about the Duchamp-inspired Slovenian experimental collaborative art collective OHO.46 More recently, Manifesta 3 in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, highlighted the interesting case of OHO, and their highly innovative and eccentric approach to Conceptual Art in Slovenia involving the practice of telepathy.[1] The group was preoccupied with working with a harmonic unity within the group and with nature and the universe, and this lead …

Eva and Franco Mattes, I know that it is all a state of mind

The collaborative real life and Second Life (SL) couple Eva and Franco Mattes work inside and outside of Second Life. The Mattes re-enacted Abramoviç/Ulay’s “Imponderabilia” in SL, and in response to a challenge by Abramoviç herself, the Mattes created their own SL endurance performances such as I know that it is all a state of mind (2010). The Mattes’ physical selves felt ill after many hours of mouse movement as this made their avatars fall over and over again for hours. It was not meant to be participatory, but the avatar audience also started falling down in a mirror action of tele-empathy. As mentioned already, …

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CHAPTER 9: Dialectical Materialism: Phantoms, the Uncanny, Spectres

World Telekinesis Competition, 2011 WTC

Linda Dement and Nancy Mauro-Flude, Awry Signals

Mark Boulos, All that is Solid Melts into Air

Fischer and El Sani, Aura Research

16 Beaver Group, The Telepathic Table

Harun Farocki, Serious Games III: Immersion

World Telekinesis Competition, 2011 WTC

WTC involves speculative action at a distance. WTC is held once every year since 2008, organised by Ted Heibert, Doug Jarvis and others, and exhibits as collaborative, performative and conceptual game art in North American art galleries. World Telekinesis Competition (WTC) involves the worlding of a real and virtual game-space through speculative action, exploring the telekinetic art of worlding and competition. Worlding, a concept developed in Heideggers’ ‘On the Origins of the Work of Art,’[1] occurs within the minimal and globally dispersed entelechy and vitalism of WTC. WTC combines some aspects of worlding and game telekinesis of World of Warcraft with that of the …

Linda Dement and Nancy Mauro-Flude, Awry Signals

Linda Dement works in arts computing and consistently explores the mysterious leap from the physical to the psychical in her work, working with a visceral futurist and feminist aesthetic allied to the horror trauma and science fictional telepathy of David Cronenberg. Her ‘disturbances’ comingle the digital and electronic with psychosexual corporeality in works such as In My Gash and Cyberflesh Girlmonster. She creates monstrous fusions between the rational and the irrational. Nancy Mauro-Flude is an artist and theorist driven by the ‘dystification’ of technology and the mysticification inherent in machine performance. As a theorist Mauro-Flude explores performance code and the dramaturgy of transmission and …

Mark Boulos, All that is Solid Melts into Air

Mark Boulos’ video installation artwork All That Is Solid Melts Into Air shows that the capitalist competition and commodities seem to have metaphysical properties. Trading in futures and derivatives, people agree to buy commodities that do not exist yet that should exist in the future. Boulos explores political militancy or religious ecstacy, and moment where belief is so transcendentally held that it becomes real. Boulos shows the fierce competition and conflict that exists over oil and wealth that destroys indigenous ecology and brings sorcery or capitalism into direct conflict with magical belief systems – systems where forest spirits protect the locals from the bullets of …

Fischer and El Sani, Aura Research

Berlin based artist collaborators Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani made Aura Research in 1996-1997, while exploring missing persons together with erased buildings. They include a photograph of Erich Honnecker’s former USSR secret police office. Fischer and el Sani, as do Jane and Louise Wilson, explore spirit-of-place and uncanny atmospheres in colour documentary style photographic prints. However, Fischer and el Sani also explore the aural outline or traces of missing people, missing homes and missing public places. Twin-set photographs for each subject combine a documentary photo with an aura photo. In Aura Research the subject is photographed twice, with different technologies attuned to different sensitivities. …

16 Beaver Group, The Telepathic Table

16 Beaver Group created The Telepathic Table, a world event where telepathy and telekinesis overlap: “we are now telling people interested in art, politics and social change, that they don’t have to move from where they are.”[1] Developed for May Day, the invitation did not require participants to travel the globe: “You don’t need to contact us before May 1st. Just do something with other people at a table, think telepathically, politically, artistically, and send us the results after it happens!” It invites table-tapping telekinesis to be different to Marx’s depiction of commodity fetishism as a table performance; The Telepathic Table is more …

Harun Farocki, Serious Games III: Immersion

Serious Games explore the deployment of virtual reality technologies in the preparation for war theatre and in the treatment of war trauma. Simulation and rehearsal allows the soldier to develop predictive and pre-emptive senses and to survey target sites and actors from a distance. DARPA has created software for virtual reality therapy to interview soldiers, in which the empathy and telepathy of a human analyst happens through code and avatar facilitated psychical surveillance. Serious Games (2009–10) is a trilogy that looks at the role of virtual reality as military training device for war theatre. Serious Games III: Immersion is a filmed demonstration to sell “therapeutic …

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