Marcos Lutyens
with Kunstverein
14.09.2014, 2pm

Yonge-Dundas Square
1 Dundas St. E

On September 14, 2014 a simultaneous hypnosis performance will be held under the glow of giant billboard screens in NY, Toronto, Amsterdam and Milan. Following on from and inspired by “Color Therapy”, a project that brings abstract visuals and sounds that counterbalance weather and social traffic flows at these 4 locations, K-Tanglement is a project that seeks to decolonize the mind from the sense of unitary location.

Participants will be invited to listen to an audio that enables them to enter a trance state in which their unconscious minds will be invited to dematerialize, decontextualize themselves from the surrounding branding, dissolve into color-based emotions and finally develop a sense of simultaneous entanglement with participants in the other 3 cities.

The planet-wide extent of the project makes us begin to view the world across national boundaries and sense the ‘pulse’ of the world in real time across so many time zones, cultural differences and perspectives.

Kunstverein is a non-profit curatorial platform operating under a fran-chise model, with sister institutions in Amsterdam, Milan, New York and Toronto – four cities in which the Color Therapy project will be hosted in their respective town squares. These four Kunst-vereins will come together live from various time zones to introduce K-Tangle-ment and compare notes on September 14, 2014.

Members and prospective members meet at 1pm at the Imperial Pub, before we head to Dundas Square.

Marcos Lutyens (London, 1964) has exhibited internationally, including at dOCUMENTA (13), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Royal Academy, the National Art Museum of China and many other museums and institutions. He has worked with various tools and approaches to explore the processes of the mind.

His work with the mind has lead him to develop events and exhibits that reflect research with specific social or ethnic groups such as the Muxhe, from the Zapotec culture in Southern Mexico. Building on his investigations into consciousness and social dynamics, Lutyens has worked on large-scale projects that involve the broader surroundings. Works include data tracking or feedback from pedestrian interactions, pollution and air quality levels, brain wave monitoring, animal communication and other dynamics that are generally invisible to the casual observer, and yet as important to us as the subjective processes of the inner mind.

Recent and upcoming projects include: a public performance at the Centre Georges Pompidou involving hypnosis, a solo show at the Alberta Pane Gallery, Paris, “Circatextian” at thingWorld: International Triennial of New Media Art 2014 National Art Museum of China. “Social Ether” at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, “4thWall” a performance and film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Rockaway! Organized by MOMA PS1 in collaboration with the Honolulu Biennial.

Curatorial Assistance: Chiara Ianeselli

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