Practices of Attention
co-created by D. Graham Burnett and Stefanie Hessler
Under the invitation of Gabriel Perez-Barreiro
33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil.
November 16-17, 2018
with Raimundas Malašauskas
The Hypnotic Show
Consists of two nodes.
1) The ‘way-finding’ node, which consists of an ongoing lying down area for attendees with some cushions for comfort. At the center of the area is a pedestal with a model boat that acts both as a focal point and also a visual trigger to begin a counter-practice of drifting into the unconscious.
A 6+1 sound design that includes deep reverie-like triggers and binaural, harmonic maritime way-finding cues such as fog horns will allow visitors to reorient their attention away from their Default Mode Network and into the mind at large. Gentle snoring sounds emanate from a Fitzcarraldo style ship at the center of the space on a duck-egg blue platform.
2) A hypnosis induction in English, followed by Portuguese conducted by Marcos Lutyens, expanding on the above way-finding node with the intent of shifting attention into the poetic, the infinite, the paradoxical: achieving perhaps a sustained superposition of awareness. The induction has a nested structure that uses a narrative derived from a Remote Viewing experience,
Raimiundas and Marcos 2018
This afternoon we made a first experiment with a good friend, the writer and curator Théo Robine-Langlois. His target was "111020171311" and his task "describe a location and an event on this location". On a paper that we kept hidden in an envelope we wrote: 111020171311 There is a « cruise ship that Esther [Lu] and [Raimundas Malašauskas] have been dreaming of inhabiting for some undetermined operation, a moving deck of observation and encounters » with a group of people. Describe the boat, its surroundings, the people involved and the "undetermined operations" happening aboard. This is what he saw.
He started with "water and structure"
Then he said
herd of wildebeests
sharp / pointed
sound of wind
triangle cocktail glass
either very big (several kms)
or a few tens of meters
The target is like a mass of smoke and dust moving in a triangle shape on a flat surface, and being inside is very dangerous (like being inside a fire).
crosses in the clouds
red seats in a theater
it moves in a purposeful way.
the outcome of a long term process
from 100m to 500m
there is a leak.
A movement related to the force of water.
first: negative, but with possible positive consequences.
love a lot of love
related to the event. Thanks to the event.
"Now it's like that".
Group love: from 100 to 800 persons.
TRIANGLE, LOVE AND DUST
Then he clearly saw this
Bises ! Simon & Myriam