| EXHIBITION HALL |
"Concepts of O"
Mixed media installations
10.01. - 23.02.2020
From ancient times into the present, different acts of mediation have changed the bodies and cognition of humans and non-humans. Transformations are made, from body language to oral speech and writing into the digital media age. These transitions have their own distinct materiality, radically altering our perception.
Concepts of O invites us to re-engage in some of the forgotten concepts and research of the past. Kjersti Sundland brings attention to some of the inconvenient ties to mystical and occult traditions that have been removed to establish psychology as a scientific field. The exhibition explores whether former systems of healing and trance states can refresh our insight in a growing global economy capitalizing on our zealous attention.
Through the artist´s use of video, sculpture, print and hypnotic trance sessions, Concepts of O playfully connects the impact of terrestrial and human electromagnetic radiation with telepathic sensing and psychoanalytic practices. Sculptures made of copper take centre stage in the exhibition. This highly conductive mineral comments on the ongoing transition from analogue communication to the Internet connecting all things. Copper is the most extensively used component in communication technologies, but is currently being replaced with fibre optic cables in Norway.
What kind of relationships between humans and other living beings arise if we understand sense perception as distributed among human, animal, technical, inorganic and organic entities?
Therapeutic trance methods have been practiced all over the world throughout history. In the 18th century, German Anton Mesmer labelled therapeutic trance states in a system of interdependencies. He believed trance was induced by “animal magnetism”, a force moving through and affecting living organisms and inanimate objects. Concepts of O explores how these former occult systems of healing are hiding as ghosts, not only in modern science and technology, but in relational and sensory perceptions of our surroundings. The exhibition also draws inspiration from psychosociologist Jacob L Moreno’s concept of tele-encounters, defined as moments of true connection between people.
This project explores communication through tele, not only as acts of mediation through technology, but as transmissions and energy flows between humans and non-humans. Scheduled hypnotic trance sessions conducted by hypnotherapist Martin Mikkelsen will be announced prior the exhibition opening. The evening sessions, titled Magnetic sleep is the result of a two year long collaboration between Martin Mikkelsen and Kjersti Sundland.
«Concepts of O» is the exhibition of the artistic results from Kjersti Sundland’s PhD artistic research project (2016-2020) «In The Presence of Phantoms». The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.
- Newgrange prehistoric monument. County Meath. Ireland. Wikimedia commons
- The body electric. The Body Electric-electromagnetism and the foundation of Life. Robert O. Becker and Gary Selden
| VAULT |
Screen print and acrylic on canvas
10.01. - 23.02.2020
Rocky Horton´s work explores the liminal. His recent project is a response to the work Flowers in a Wooden Vessel by Jan Brueghel the Elder created in 1606-07. The artistic research led him to delve into the conceptual slippage inherent in art's contact with contemporary culture. The work creates an opportunity for a very intricate conversation about religious and psychologically loaded images, their intersection with pop-culture, and the hope and failure of these images to provide transcendence. The work is both a critique of these kinds of images and visual art. Perhaps as a result of the de-mystification of the post-enlightenment world or the unwillingness/inability to understand the miraculous, the work attempts reclaim images as transcendent or magical and not just aestheticized objects. At the same time, they recognize the inability to reclaim or understand them as such. Overall, like art in contemporary society, the theme is hope and failure and hope again.
Rocky Horton is a conceptually based multi-disciplinary artist whose spans painting, sculpture, video, and performance. He is an active founding member of COOP, a curatorial collective in Nashville, established in 2010. Horton received his undergraduate degree from Harding University in Searcy Arkansas and he received an M.F.A. in studio art from West Virginia University. Since 2003 he has served as a Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.