Virtual Loan Painting
Experiment in ascribing a set value on education, the art market and "unreal objects".
Off Senses//Future Senses Installation at Gemak, Den Haag
This ‘interactive’ piece is inspired by the perceptual and neurological phenomenon referred to as the Ganzfeld effect. In the 1930s, research by psychologist Wolfgang Metzger established that when subjects gazed into a featureless field of vision, they consistently hallucinated and their electroencephalograms (the recording of the brain's spontaneous electrical activity) changed.
Metzger (18991979) was one of the most influential members of Gestalt psychology's second generation. Gestalt refers to theories of visual perception developed by German psychologists in the 1920s. This effect is a component of the Ganzfeld experiment, a technique used in the field of parapsychology which allows two separated individuals to communicate to each other during an altered state of consciousness. The Ganzfeld effect has been reported since ancient times. The adepts of Pythagoras retreated to pitch black caves to receive wisdom through their visions, also known as the prisoner’s cinema. Miners trapped by accidents in mines frequently reported hallucinations, visions and seeing ghosts when they were in the pitch dark for days. Alternatively, Arctic explorers seeing nothing but featureless landscape of white snow for a long time also reported hallucinations and an altered state of mind.
At the Gemak subjects placed themselves in a sensory deprived condition using headphones and vision blocking goggles in order to trick the brain into an altered state. They then recorded their experience in a log. The performative and interactional aspects of this experiment happen within the mind. Instead of using the eyes as the primary form of perceptual intake, they alternatively become repurposed as a backdrop/screen in order for the mind’s ‘eye’ to project onto them, promoting a different kind of seeing for the subject.
Some examples of the public's journal entries below
Four automatic drawings produced as a by-product of navigating the digital terrain. They were created using an etching needle attached to the bottom of a computer mouse.
‘It’s fine keep it with the rest’
Downloaded whatsapp conversation documenting the decline of a long distance relationship over a period of 6 months. The unedited text is readable at an intimate distance.
Untitled (discarded computer parts on argos shelves)
This work is inspired by Walter Benjamin's concept of when an object loses its use value and comes into its artistic/utopian potential.