Queen* of My Castle
Program (in development)
11 December 2020
The Hologram: Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-pandemic Future by Cassie Thornton. Book launch organized by Eyebeam in partnership with Pluto Press [online]
19 & 20 December 2020
Vibeke Mascini, Infra
In the sound archive of the British Library in London resides one ‘silent’ recording. The document carries the low-frequency voice from a blue whale, it’s infrasound below what the human ear can perceive. The immersive installation Infra is an exploration into ways of experiencing this so-called silent recording beyond the sonic. [Installation at De Fabriek]
A visit is only possible with a online reservation that you print out or take with you on the phone and show it when entering De Fabriek.
- 1: 13:00 - 14:00
- 2: 14:00 - 15:00
- 3: 15:00 - 16:00
- 4: 16:00 - 17:00
- 5: 17:00 - 18:00
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A research project initiated by Alessandra Saviotti in collaboration with Cassie Thornton, Maria Pecchioli, Vibeke Mascini and De Fabriek.
What if we fall asleep and our unconscious mind creates a new reality where we can’t recognize the difference between what is real and what is not and vice versa?
At the beginning of 2019 I had a couple of thoughts around the relationship between dreams and reality. I am not sure about you, but sometimes it happens to me that I can’t remember my dream even if I have a certain feeling in the back of my head, while in some other moments I remember everything that happened quite vividly.
When the pandemic hit our lives, and the world turned upside-down, I recalled those thoughts I had back in 2019 and some lines I wrote that were supposed to become a project (that never happened). Somehow, I was trying to create a connection between the act of dreaming when the only possible journey would be through the mind. I was thinking about dreaming as the starting point to come up with a new reality created by the interaction of multiple unconscious minds. Then my intuition somehow became real: we could not touch each other anymore, we could not breath the same air, drink from the same glass or look into our eyes without a screen between each other. From time to time I use a space background for my video-call and started to feel like I was into a sci-fi movie, but it was real. Therefore, when reality becomes a sci-fi scenario, what’s in it for imagination?
Rather than merely react to the present, the research will speculate, imagine and test (and eventually implement), on the use of new tools created by artists such as new forms of social and health support, virtual exercises on the color & sound vibration perception, and the presence of (im)materiality of sound. In collaboration with Cassie Thornton, Maria Pecchioli and Vibeke Mascini with the support of De Fabriek, I have been following different trajectories to understand how a post-pandemic future scenario will impact our bodies in relation to the others and ourselves when we cannot touch and be touched by strangers anymore.
Would it be possible to become Queens of our own castle?
Sigmund Freud said that our human ego is not free, but it is controlled by its own unconscious. Therefore, we are never alone, even when we are. This dualism has produced conflict and opposition between what is right and wrong, nature and culture, man and woman, truth and illusion and so on.
What if the unconscious is not human then, but it is the result of the fusion between human and other entities such as animals, plants and machines?
I want to believe to Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ when she affirms that our collective consciousness and their limitless access to information provide tools to create a world of socio-political change thanks to altruism and affinity, rather than biological unity.
I have been working over the Summer of 2020 with Cassie, Maria and Vibeke in order to research and test the ‘con-fusion’ of our identities, our roles and our unconscious in order to create new scenarios starting from the tabula rasa generated by a virus that hits everyone everywhere so violently.
We will present the result of this dialogue using different formats, both online and offline that will culminate in a limited-edition publication which will be the witness of the process but also a tool to use for the future.
‘Dream time holds the turmoil and trauma of the world at bay and allows the vision to be granted and the healing notes to attune us’. (Conwill Majozo, 1995)
Conwill Majozo, E. (1995) To search for the good and make it matter, in: Lacy, S. Mapping the Terrain. New Genre Public Art, Seattle, Washington: Bay Press.
Haraway, D. (2010) A Cyborg Manifesto (1985). Cultural Theory: An Anthology, 454.
Basic rules RIVM during presentation at De Fabriek Eindhoven
- Keep 1.5 m away.
Wash your hands often.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Use paper towels to blow your nose.
- Don't shake hands.
- A visit is only possible with a online reservation that you print out or take with you on the phone and show it upon entering De Fabriek.
- A maximum of 30 visitors can be present simultaneously in De Fabriek.
- Stay at home when you have a cold, fever and / or chest tightness. Do not visit De Fabriek if you or someone in your household has (cold) complaints. Via this link you can see at RIVM which complaints are involved. You are welcome again if you and your housemates are free of complaints for at least 24 hours.
- Come to De Fabriek alone or together with your household. This is a non-legally separated spouse, registered partner or other life companion and parents, grandparents and children, insofar as they live at the same address according to the basic registration.
- Follow the instructions of employees.
- Avoid public transport where possible.
- At the entrance of De Fabriek there is a disinfectant for your hands, use this.