HYPNO PROJECT 2009
2-Screen Digital Video Installation, 2009, 12 min 55 sec. Edition of 5 plus one AP.
12 people, all hypnotised by a professional stage hypnotist, were filmed as they watched a narrative video work made by Fishbone using a range of subliminal images and other prompts. Each member of the audience was given specific suggestions while under trance, instructing them to behave in certain ways at different visual and aural cues. They were then woken, and filmed as they viewed the video. The results were remarkable.
The split-screen video shown here is a theatrical viewing version of the gallery installation.
8, 9, 15, 16 & 22, 23 September
8 Sept 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 4pm – 5pm
9 Sept 11.30am – 12.30pm & 12.30pm – 1.30pm
15 Sept 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 5pm – 6pm
16 Sept 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 1.30pm – 2.30pm
22 Sept 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 4pm – 5pm
23 Sept 11.30am – 12.30pm & 12.30pm – 1.30pm
FREE but seats limited
Man/Machine plays with virtual technology dramatising the way it has replaced contact between real people. The virtual mannequin is Fishbone himself cast in the role of corporate presenter but, rather than addressing the public in the short sound bites common to this way of communicating, Fishbone uses the virtual platform to talk about the stranger than fiction world we inhabit and to ask questions that would never normally appear in a straight commercial presentation. As a video sculpture it uses a back projection onto a body sized and shaped cutout in a self-contained, free-standing unit. It is based on a presentation device that Fishbone saw at Luton airport, which was used to help direct pedestrian traffic at passport control. The product is generally used for queues at busy pedestrian traffic points, like those in airports, to manage and address groups of people as they wait in retail settings.
8 – 23 September
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Doug Fishbone is an American artist living in London. He earned an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College 2003. Selected solo exhibitions include Made in China, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2015 , Tate Britain, London (2010-11), Rokeby, London (2010-11, and 2009), Gimpel Fils, London (2006), and 30,000 Bananas in Trafalgar Square (2004). Selected group exhibitions include Venice Biennale”, Venice, 2015 , Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain (2010), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2008); Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery (2008), London; British Art Show 6, Newcastle, Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester (2006).
Man/Machine was commissioned by David Thorp for the exhibition Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary at The Public
in West Bromwich, UK, 2013. With special thanks to Jacob Russo.