Raimundas Malašauskas and Marcos Lutyens
Hypnotic Show
with Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer and Maryse Larivière

<p><em>Hypnotic Show</em>, Kunstverein Toronto, 2014</p>

Hypnotic Show, Kunstverein Toronto, 2014

“Last time you were walking with bare feet on the walls that were neither vertical nor horizontal. The walls were white, soft as clouds and as memories of today, slipping away through your toes with gravity of some unknown matters. You were pleased with such fleeting light touch. It is not that winter weights like nine thousands pounds. It is not the soreness embedded in your muscles, stretching every inch of your nerves till yet another day like the woman in the dunes waiting for the dawns. We do not want that. Chrysanths and ships. Swords and wars. The sounds of snowfall always make you thrilled, and you want to have a petite part of you to dance with it.

You were breathing in the air gated by the smell of the person you slept with last night. The clock has been stopped for 24 hours without your notice. The clock did not stop. Time did. You were just in sleep. Your eyes closed tight. Time is the movement you counter with your physical existence, and it only exists when you travel your way in the universe. Like radio. But, today it is youtube that kills the radio star. What goes too far? What has been stopped? Can we rewind that symphony? You hear something else? How can I stop this machine?

What time did you have there? Among all evanescent liquids on earth? You were wondering why all the questions were seeking answers. It does not make any sense. Better let the walls running through.”

(as told by Esther Lu)

Kunstverein Toronto’s first project, Hypnotic Show, is an exhibition that develops in the mind.

Hypnotic Show is co-presented with the AGO and TPW R&D. Group hypnosis sessions will be presented at TPW R&D on June 12 before the Hypnotic Show moves to an apartment on June 13. Malašauskas will also lecture about his practice as a curator/story-teller at the AGO on June 11 and TPW R&D will host a post-hypnotic discussion on mental image-production on June 17.

Conceived by curator and writer Raimundas Malašauskas with artist and hypnotist Marcos Lutyens, Hypnotic Show was first performed in 2008 and most recently at dOCUMENTA(13). In this ongoing proposition for cognitive exhibition-making, Malašauskas and Lutyens invite a growing list of artists and writers to create scripts for scenarios and objects to be experienced through hypnosis.  Each participant thus leaves with his or her own cognitive artwork. For the Toronto Hypnotic Show, Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer and Maryse Larivière have prepared new scripts to be performed by Lutyens.

In a surprise post-hypnotic appearance following Kunstverein Toronto’s launch with Hypnotic Show, Tamara Henderson will deliver her multimedia presentation, Corpse Reviver. Through a cast of characters – Maze Esteem, Sea Bronze, Wake of Limbs, Question Mark Mug and Drift Statuary – and in a sequence of scenarios – What’s Up Doc and Gliding in On a Shrimp Sandwich – Henderson investigates the place of writing in her practice.

Henderson works with 16mm film, sculpture, painting and printed matter, maintaining an affirmative pursuit towards hallucinatory plot twists, a labyrinth dedicated to the idea of scrutinizing sculpture as character. She decodes and transforms her nocturnal journalism, hypnosis sessions and “evergreen minutes” into sprawling, cryptic screenplays to conclusively embody them in form and film.

Post-performance, Henderson will join Kunstverein Toronto Directors Kari Cwynar and Kara Hamilton along with Kim Simon, curator of Gallery TPW, for a participatory, post-hypnotic debrief reflecting on the previous week’s events and considering the relation between art and mind.

16.05.14, 6-8pm; remarks at 7pm
Gallery TPW
170 St Helens Avenue

11.06.14, 6:30-8:30pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West

12.06.14, 7-8 pm and 10-11pm
Gallery TPW R&D
170 St Helens Avenue

13.06.14, 7pm
68 Broadview Ave

17.06.14, 7pm
Gallery TPW R&D
170 St Helens Avenue

Raimundas Malašauskas was born in Vilnius, curates in the world, writes occasionally. Selected curated projects include Oo, Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions in the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Fusiform Gyrus, Lisson Gallery, London, 2013; Weather Permitting, 9th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre, 2013; Repetition Island, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; Satellite Series 4, Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris, 2010 – 2011; Into the Belly of a Dove, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, 2010; CAC TV, CAC Vilnius 2004 – 2007 and BMW (Black Market Worlds), IX Baltic Triennial, CAC Vilnius, 2005. Raimundas Malašauskas recently worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA 13. Paper Exhibition, a book of Malašauskas’ selected writings, was published by Sternberg Press.

Marcos Lutyens is an intermedia artist who has exhibited internationally, including at dOCUMENTA 13, the Tate Modern, LACMA, the Pompidou Centre, the Royal Academy and other museums and institutions internationally. He has worked with various tools and approaches to explore the processes of the mind. Lutyens engaged in experiments with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, at the University of California, San Diego to explore the brain’s neural pathways in the synesthetic 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.

Tamara Henderson is an artist from Sackville who lives and works in an itinerant fashion. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Rodeo, Istanbul (2013), dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); On the Tip of My Tongue, Magasin 3 (2013), Western Front, Vancouver (2013). Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Evergreen Minutes of the Phantom Figure at Nuremberg Kunstverein (2013); Bottle Under the Influence (with Julia Feyrer), Walther Philips Gallery. Henderson was also a short-list finalist for the Sobey Award (2013). Upcoming exhibitions include Galerie Nordenhake in Stockholm, Apartment, Vancouver, and Graz Kunstverein, Austria.

Angie Keefer is a New York-based writer, editor, amateur engineer, and occasional librarian whose speculative non-fiction traces circuitous routes through highly specialized information. Along with Dexter Sinister, she is co-founder of The Serving Library, a non-profit artists’ organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop; and co-editor of The Bulletins, The Serving Library’s bi-annual publication.

Maryse Larivière is an artist whose practice encompasses dreamed realities, psychoanalytic examinations, reposts to published work, reiterations and collaborations. Her work inhabits performance, video, sculpture and writing, among other media. She has recently exhibited at Parker Branch (London), Clint Roenisch (Toronto), and Cité des Arts (Paris). Her unorthodox art writings have appeared in Esse arts+opinions, Pelt and Pages of Vapour. Originally from Montreal, Larivière received her MFA from Guelph University, Canada.

The Pre-Hypnotic Cocktail Pre-Launch is co-sponsored by Jamie Kennedy Kitchen and P&L Catering.

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