Bennett, A 2015, ‘Hyperphantasia: remaking our image of the world’, in MuseumLab Floor talk: Julie Rrap Remaking the World, with Anne Marsh & Tamsin Green, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne.
_ Julie Rrap was one of my tutors @ City Art Institute in the late 80s
_ ten years ago were so both students at Monash Uni when I was undertaking MFA and Julie PhD
_ Now I am in the final stages of completing a creative practice as research PhD as a member of the Deakin Motion Lab
_At this moment I am struggling with writing about ‘methodology’ – the meta of method – contextualising creative practice as a means of creating new knowledge
_and here we are in a room full of artists at work. Thank you Julie
This is what working looks like – the work of getting deep inside and creating new work.
Makes me feel better about the amount of time I spend in bed with the blanket over my head!
What I want to say is more of a response to this exhibition rather than an authoritative explanation.
I have been reflecting on the title of this work:
REMAKING THE WORLD
It put me in mind – superficially – of German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s 1938 proposition of a ‘world picture’.
“… world picture […] does not mean a picture of the world but the world conceived and grasped as a picture”
-Heidegger 1938/52, ‘The Age of the World Picture’ in The Question Concerning Technology & Other Essays
Do you get the picture?
Are you in the picture?
sidebar: ocularcentricism vs academic bias towards demonstrating knowledge by expressing as writing
APHANTASIA & HYPERPHANTASIA
On the day that I first came to see this exhibition,
I also stumbled upon a report from the BBC on a neurological condition called ‘A-PHANTASIA’
It turns out that my son has aphantasia – he cannot hold images in his minds eye. He cannot recall my face.
Another friend also experiences the world this way and gets a wonderful surprise every time he sees his partner: ‘she is SO BEAUTIFUL!’
I find it bizarre to consider as my inner world is teaming with images and shapes – I am a visual thinker.
The other end of the phantasia spectrum also has a name: Hyperphantasia.
The ability to visualize, the fantasize
images can be intrusive like PTSD!
Living in a swirling point cloud of multiple 3d movies running simultaneously.
like the second room of this exhibition.
In 1933 Tesla made a proposition for a ‘THOUGHT CAMERA’
reported in the Deseret Newspaper:
UC Berkley brain imaging: movies of the mind
Mary Lou Jepson
- was Head of the Display Division at Google X
- an executive at Facebook / Oculus VR.
- mary lou as cyborg – brain surgery, comments on technology of hormones as mediating experience (as discussed in her TED Talk)
Solve for X talk:
Mary Lou – points to research that suggests it could be possible to make neurons run in reverse
that the retina could become a screen for the mind’s eye
something like Tesla’s thought camera
_ sight as intromission and emission
1st century Arabic polymath
DO NOT misinterpret what I am saying
as advocating a form of celebratory trans-humanist singularity utopia
I don’t want you inside my head! I like my privacy!
_ I am more interested in post-humanism and cyborg theory
_ I am interested in the interplay between embodied subjective experience and how technology frames paradigms.
_ artists have always engaged with the high technology of their day,
explored the implications and possibilities
_ the technologies with which we co-create have a profound impact on our subjective embodied experience.
technology literally colours of our dreams
- Murzyn, E., 2008. Do we only dream in colour? A comparison of reported dream colour in younger and older adults with different experiences of black and white media. Conscious. Cogn. 17, 1228–1237.
- Schwitzgebel, E., Huang, C., Zhou, Y., 2006. Do we dream in color? Cultural variations and skepticism. Dreaming 16, 36–42. doi:10.1037/1053-07220.127.116.11
Rather than understanding the world as a picture, let’s remake the world by dreaming as a form of being / becoming
whilst media has focused on gender and pregnancy, what interests us about inverto is the process of negotiating embodiment
also a fan of body as art performance artist Heather Cassils http://heathercassils.com/