Exhibition "Média Médiums"
Friday, May 16th 2014
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
20 rue Louise Weiss
Metro Chevaleret/Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Following the research of the project Média Médiums and as part of the exhibition "Média Médiums", discover five conferences/performances based on the occult, ghosts, mind reading, telepathy, etc.
Weird science. A brief illustrated inventory of the technical inventions of parapsychology
The interest in the question of the occult for a certain fringe zone of the scientific community came to a head in 1848 following the accounts of the spirit phenomena of the Fox sisters. Table-turning and other paranormal experiences, which became wide-spread in the United States and Europe during the second half of the 19th century, pushed researchers to consider these unexplainable events as new objects for scientific experimentation.
In parallel to the numerous inventions which came into view at the beginning of the 20th century, a certain number of researchers attempted to produce tools and machines to analyse these phenomena in their laboratories. From the spirit telegraph to parapsychological applications for smartphone, the inventory of these often forgotten or little known technical objects allows a glimpse onto a possible technical history of parapsychology which we propose to retrace.
On occasion, Self-Sorting Documents is used as a performance tool, wherein a specific path is carved out of the mass. Voice acts as the interface, allowing interaction with the image archive, documents fleetingly moving in and out of view. Technically Speaking is one of those occasions.
Exhibition "Média Médiums", May 4th-31st 2014 at Espace Ygrec, Wednesday-Saturday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
The utopia of the direct vision of thought at the turn of the century.
Using the whimsical short story, L’encéphaloscope published in 1900 by Kurd Lasswitz, one of the pioneers of science fiction in Germany, as a starting point, we will revisit one of the fantasms opened up by the discovery of X-Rays in 1895 – seeing, not only through the opacity of the body but directly into the cranium itself, in the absolute transparency of exchanges and the desire to free oneself from the obstacle that is mediation.
The Technical Delusion
Over the course of the twentieth-century, the "schizophrenic" gradually displaced the medium as the primary target of media hauntings. This talk presents a brief overview of schizophrenia as a "disease of information" and considers the historical braiding of psychosis, electronics, and media. How did "the media" become the primary antagonist in paranoid delusions and what does the ongoing proliferation of information technologies portend for the collective "sanity" of the world?