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CHAPTER 5. Theories of Mind (ToM):
Mind Reading, Empathy and Telepathy

Douglas Gordon, Pocket Telepathy

Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger, Woman-Other-Thing, n°12, 1990–1993

Georgina Starr, Theda

Lygia Clark, Baba Antropofagica

Richard Bell, Scratch an Aussie

Sober and Lonely Institute of Contemporary Art (SLICA), Telepathic Pet Drawing Sessions
 
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Douglas Gordon, Pocket Telepathy

Douglas Gordon’s work Pocket Telepathy involves of a slide of a hypnotist that is placed into the coats of gallery visitors without their knowledge. The hypnotist has a ruddy and wild expression with his hand raised up near his forehead with outstretched fingers, suggestive of mental energy radiating out from under his skulls to capture attention of viewers. Many viewers felt that something was taken from them, that the experience of finding an object in their coat pockets was less of a gift and more of a tricky violation. Douglas Gordon has worked with postcards as conceptual art objects/ideas. Gordon’s A4 format book g incorporates …

Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger, Woman-Other-Thing, n°12, 1990–1993

Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger is a practicing psychoanalyst as well as an artist and feminist. She has long recognized Duchampian aesthetics of transference and telepathy within her own artwork and both art and psychoanalysis in general. Her unique concept of matrixial borderlinks is interwoven with her work in the zone between affect and semiotics, and is accompanied by the experience of telepathy. She argues that Duchamp brought to aesthetics the uncanny qualities of Freudian transference. Ettinger defines telepathy as accompanying other affective phenomena that arise both within transference and viewing artwork. Ettinger locates empathic, telepathic transference in Duchampian and Deleuzian aesthetics, via her concept of matrixial…

Georgina Starr, Theda

Georgina Starr, a ‘young British artist’, works with hypnosis and telepathy in theatrical video works based in pop culture, such as her 1994-95 Visit to a Small Planet, and Hypnodreamdruff, 1996. A low fi virtual reality telepathy headset described as an ‘extraterrestrial helmet of telepathy’ is worn by Starr in her performance Visit to a Small Planet, 1994-95. Her work with telepathy in The Hungry Brain aspect of her larger body of work called Hypnodreamdruff exaggerates the presence of telepathy in popular self help books, entertainment and as a popular bar topic. The Hungry Brain narrative is constructed within a strange …

Lygia Clark, Baba Antropofagica

Lygia Clark was a Columbian artist and psychotherapist who worked very closely with psychoanalytic concepts, and created Baba Antropofagia, 1973, where she explored dream, extreme transference, collective body and exchange of psychic qualities. Clark deploys a strategy of many telepathy artists to ‘sensitizes us politically.’ Clark’s work Baba Antropofagica was based on a dream: “I dreamt that I opened my mouth and took out a substance incessantly [. . .]”.[1] The participants expelled cotton threads from their mouths, with “cannibalistic slobber”, abject and uncanny like ectoplasm, emitted onto a reclining body. In a letter by Clark to her artist colleague Helio Oiticica, who …

Richard Bell, Scratch an Aussie

Richard Bell works indirectly with ongoing postcolonial debates about telepathy, modernity, physics and appropriation in Australian art, with his main focus being a pop political works that highlight indigenous issues. Bell’s postcolonial art practice and theory work with and against the telepathy and appropriation of white Australian artist Imants Tillers and Tillers’ reference to the quantum physics of Bell’s Theorem. Richard Bell writes his own Bell’s Theorem as a polemic against Tillers’ and white appropriation of indigenous art. Scratch an Aussie is a video performance in which Bell poses as black Freud dressed in period costume to conjure if not a black Freud then perhaps …

Sober and Lonely Institute of Contemporary Art (SLICA), Telepathic Pet Drawing Sessions

Lauren von Gogh and Robyn Cook are the (founding) members of the Sober & Lonely Institute of Contemporary Art (SLICA). They have facilitated telepathic sessions since 2008 and SLICA was officially founded as an institute of 1 April 2011. Von Gogh facilitated Telepathic Pet Drawing Sessions at Hackerspaces Soup in 2012, which was based on the scientific investigations of Karl Krall. Krall was a German horse trainer from the early 19th Century, who raised a gifted horse named Muhamed. Krall claimed Muhamed was able to perform mathematical calculations, to recognize musical harmony and dissonance, and, eventually, to communicate through thought with his trainers. For Telepathic

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