Paradigm Shifts



For the 100th anniversary of Dada, Gianni Motti developed a Zurich-centred but global telepathic performance called Paradigm Shifts as part of the celebratory program of events hosted by Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dada, called Obsession Dada. The performance action consisted of a telepathic séance with the audience invited to participate. The telepathic performers brought a unified mental attention to and attempt to influence or destabilise their governing organisations. The artist also distributed the dispositif of a ‘firewall’ to prevent interference of electro-magnetic waves. Motti included invitations to anyone wished to be part of this extra-sensorial experience to participate at Cabaret Voltaire or from wherever they were, with the exact time for telepathic connection was Thursday, 7th of April 2016 at 20:30 to 21:00, Zürich time. Once the invitation was accepted the performer was given the ‘firewall’ through advice to wear a tin foil hat. Motti also requested that participants located outside of Cabaret Voltaire to forward a photo of themselves to the artist afterwards.