90% of what you ‘see’ is an internal mental simulation of the external world, informed occasionally by sampling data from your senses. What we conceive of as reality is mental fabrication.
Welcome to the festival….
The Opening Ceremony
To open the festival we invite you on a journey through the rabbit hole.
Featuring Deep Throat choir (Bella Union), food by SynaesthEAT, Dr Edward Bracey (an Introduction to the Neuroscience of Sense Perception) and closing with a DJ set by Vogue supremo, House of Tea’s Jay Jay Revlon.
The Creative Neurophenomenology of Visual Illusions
Science/Art Workshop led by Dr Edward Bracey and Nwando Ebizie
This cross-disciplinary workshop will explore rare visual disorders that are like experiencing constant psychedelic hallucinations.
HIGHER HIGHER HIGHER!
An ecstatic transformation ritual. Six hours of the same song played by the house band: When the Going is Smooth and Good by 70s Electro synth pioneer William Onyeabor. A dance to destruction or a dance to transcendence.
The Drawing and Dancing Society
Draw your reality
20th – 25th Feb
Secular Ecstatic Art 5 day Laboratory:
Live Art Lab led by Jonathan Grieve
Focussing on the subverting of power structures, participants will create the embodiment of mediated social, cultural and gender based identities through exercises using intimate exploration, props and costumes.
Esoterra: A corporeal visual art lab: https://www.facebook.com/events/210979489352742/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1481144628042173
The Liberated Voice workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/341121782922351/
Poetics of Body workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611681285808036/
Much more TBA
Perception underpins our sense of reality – it is fundamental to who we are and how we experience the world. This month of happenings, workshops, performances, live music and films will explore perception: altered states, visual illusions and hallucinations, dogmatic thinking, the politics of perception; and how it is linked to the creative act. What happens in that moment of suspension between perceived reality and action? The no consciousness. Is this the moment of trance action? A scientific, philosophical and creative approach to these questions will invite you on journey into your inner and outer experiences of the world.
In the happenings, rituals become gigs. Film screenings open out into practical work sessions. Public science experiments become club nights. This Neurophenomenological approach will create a Temporary Autonomous Zone in Hackney – where extreme impulses, unacceptable identities and prohibited thoughts are permitted. Participate or spectate. Be Scientist or Artist. Allow your perceptions to alter.
Festival curated by MAS productions (Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie)
Supported by the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme 2016-17
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