[-empyre-] Week 4: Intersubjectivity

Diana Marincu dianamarincu at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 30 03:05:38 AEST 2015


Hoping not to interrupt the current lines of discussions regarding solipsism and incompossibility, I am trying to introduce the experience of lucid dreaming and storytelling into discussion. What I find particularly interesting regarding lucid dreaming is the construction of identity and political consciousness through the permanent crossover between the physical space and the dream world, opening new possible scenarios for the future. The situations arising from dreams, and also media generated narratives, can lead to very different relations between subjects, exactly by pointing to the potentiality of the conditions, spaces, and realities that our being in the world could activate on different, often parallel layers. One possible interpretation arises from the theories of Alternate Reality Narratives, for example, where there is no longer a single layered experience, but a blending of real experiences and virtually generated stories. I would also like to point to one example of a group, FoAM, part of Alternate Reality Narratives project, focused on artistic practice, but also cultural events in a broader sense, that has as a motto "grow your own worlds". I became acquainted with their activity through one of their projects called Future Fabulators, which also organized an exhibition in Cluj, RO. 

"Future Fabulators takes uncertainty as a creative challenge in creating cultural spaces in which visions of everyday life in the time ahead become tangible and discussable. FF merges the voices of futurists, scientists, artists, policy makers and economists with those of the experts of everyday life, aiming to raise awareness about the impact of future visions on contemporary culture and lifestyle. FF uses techniques from physical narration, context aware narrative and future pre-enactment to translate future scenarios into storyworlds, that are built as immersive situations in public and private spaces, designed to be playfully explored and enacted by a broad populace."

I find particularly challenging the concepts of physical narration and future pre-enactment. Also, my interest as a curator is triggered more and more these days towards the means through which the construction of a certain narrative could bring together facts and fiction, and also the theories about contact zones (not only as culture clashes, but also as encounters of past and future events, truth and lies, etc). But I will come back to this ideas along the way.
Best wishes,

From: Ileana Selejan <ileanasel at gmail.com>
To: empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au 
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:19 AM
Subject: [-empyre-] Week 4: Intersubjectivity

Tonight, from a small refuge in upstate New York, I'm packing my bags and thinking of time travel... see Calin and I have been working on a small exhibition on a topic related to sleep, and intersubjectivity (of course). Yes, time travel, perhaps the most utopian project of all. Calin's time machine will be activated this Friday in Arad, Romania -- you're all invited to join. http://kinema-ikon.net/

This short preface is an added excuse, to introduce our last two participants for this month's discussion: Susan Barnes & Diana Marincu. Sue, a practicing medium and a distinguished professor, has been writing about communication, technology and social media for many years now. Diana is brilliant young art historian and curator based in Bucharest, who most recently curated the exhibition "Inventing the Truth" for the Venice Biennale of this year http://www.inventingthetruth.com/about/

We invite you once more to this final round of discussion for the month of July, with thanks for all your contributions thus far.

Biographies follow -->

Diana Marincu (b. 1986) is a Ph.D. candidate at the National
University of Art in Bucharest, Art History and Theory Department,
with a research focusing on the curatorial discourses built in
relation with political and geographical criteria in the last twenty
years of exhibition making. She writes art reviews in Arta, IDEA
arts+society, Poesis International, and other publications.

Dr. Susan B. Barnes is a communication professor, medium, and Spirit
Artist. She is an award winning professor who has been trained in
mediumship at the Arthur Findlay College and The International
Spiritualist Federation. She is a member of the National Spiritualist
Union. Her work has been featured in the Psychic Observer and in
several television programs. In addition to mediumship, she has
conducted Spirit Art circles in and around Lily Dale. Moreover, she is
the author of five books including: Visual Communication: From Cave
Art to Second Life.
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