©  Sarah Hickson 2019

An immersive sensory environment

Distorted Constellations

You are inside, enmeshed in the web of an alternate reality.

Partitions, screens and threads weave a labyrinth through the space. A throbbing backdrop of rhythmic sound and light permeates your skin; signalling its porosity and opening up the senses. You are confronted with a body. A body that wrestles with the music, vibrating with and against its pulses. A palpitating body, an organism reliving her history toward a future.

The internal and external landscapes of the performer are enveloped into each other and projected out into the space. We are immersed in Nwando Ebizie’s perceptual environment; interpreting her performative body and the landscape through each other.

Caught in an intersubjective encounter, we map this environment onto both the lived experience of the performer and our own perception. Producing a constellation of perceptions that renders all sensual experience as distorted, subjective, fallible and, simultaneously, full of potential.

 
 
 
 

With the support of:


GALLERY



EVENTS


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OPENING CEREMONY

20 MINUTES OF ACTION

THE WORLD OF VISUAL SNOW* FORUM

THE WORLD OF VISUAL SNOW* TALK BY DR FRANCESCA PULEDDA

ARE OUR BRAINS BROKEN?: COGNITIVE BIAS AND THE NEURODIVERSE SPECTRUM

INTIMACY/TOUCH/TINGLES

ORAMICS MACHINE: OPTICAL SOUND AND NEURODIVERGENCY

DISTORTED CONSTELLATIONS SALON WITH DRUGSTORE CULTURE


What is Visual Snow?

In 2014, Nwando Ebizie became aware that she experienced a different reality to that of everybody around her. She realised that she was the only one who constantly saw the space around her full of swirling coloured, translucent dots (like a George Seurat painting), glowing lines, auras, light bursts and halos. She realised that she had Visual Snow – a seemingly rare neurological disorder that the science community is just beginning to understand.

Join Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda for an exploration of the rare neurological syndrome, Visual Snow. The condition causes people to experience reality overlaid with ‘tv static’, halos, auras and non-visual symptoms including tinnitus. Francesca and Nwando particularly invite those with Visual Snow and other neurodiverse people to experience the installation and attend this talk.

Please visit The Visual Snow Foundation and the Visual Snow Initiative websites to learn more about Visual Snow. 


Click here to donate to Visual Snow fundraiser initiatives.


Creative Team

Nwando Ebizie

Jennifer MT White

Coral Manton

Sean Clarke

Madeleine Wilson

Guillaume Dujat

Zsuzsa Parrag

Karine LaBel

Dr Francesca Puledda

Christine Stanford

Alixandra Wilde

Artist/Curator/Composer

Ritual Accessibility Artist

Digital Visuals Designer

Production and Design

Stage Manager

360 Sound Engineer

Ritual Choreographer

Ritual Performer

Neuroscientist

Costume Designer

Personal Access Assistant

Intimacy/Touch/Tingles

Featuring performers Jennifer MT White and Chanje Kunda

R&D phase

Moss Beynon Juckes

Jonathan Grieve

Tom Richards

Chris King

Kirsten Cooke

Rachel Williams

Hope Strickland

Louise Fazackerley

Dr Edward Bracey

Laura Kriefman

Ritual Movement Director

Director

Technical Designer

Visuals

Curatorial Advisor

Neuroscientist

Accessibility Artist

Personal Access Assistant

Neuroscience Advisor

Dramaturgical Choreography

Distorted Constellations comes from ideas developed originally with MAS productions, supported by Arts Admin, Guest Projects and Wellcome Collection. 

With gratitude to the following artists - without them, this work would not be possible: Jennifer MT White, Jonathan Grieve, Ignacio Jarquin Moss Beynon Juckes, Zsuzsa Parrag, Daniel Oliver, Suzanna Slack, the Vacuum Cleaner, Ria Hartley, Manick Govinda, Ed Bracey.

 

MANIFESTO


 
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1. All our brains are broken. From a neuroscience perspective, we inhabit discreet perceptual bubbles; “Perception underpins everything we think, do, believe, know, or love.” Beau Lotto (neuroscientist, Lab of Misfits). We exist in our own realities.

2. If we understand - at the most fundamental level - that we are not experiencing the same reality, what does this mean for our beliefs, biases, thoughts?

3. Our brains exist on a spectrum.

4. From the peripheries of this ‘brain spectrum’ (the atypical, the neurodivergent) we find important truths about humanity, our evolution and how our brains work. Why we behave the way we behave.

5. Distorted Constellations defies the idea of the normal or objective perception in favour of understanding reality as a subjective experience within a wider spectrum, suggesting to those who encounter it, that they question their own perceptions and underlying biases.

6. The landscape of Distorted Constellations can not be bound by building walls. It extends into the ether and through screens. It exists in the netherworld where the post-human resides.

7. Reality is deep, with depth that cannot be touched.

8. The cross-modal nature of the senses is a pathway towards accessing a meeting point between an internal and external reality.

9. The ritual space is activated by you. Without you, nothing transpires.

10. Distorted Constellations is a testing ground for ecstatic Science and radical, rational transdisciplinary Art.

11. Distorted Constellations proposes a natural philosophy wherein the artist and artwork exist in the same space as scientist and experimental laboratory.

12. Scientist becomes Artist and Artist becomes Scientist.

13. Distorted Constellations is a landscape; an alternate reality informed by Afrofuturist principles and laws, inspired by traditional Afro-diasporic ritual forms.

14. Distorted Constellations is a destiny. Arrive, enter a Virtual Reality World. Pass through initiations before creating your own, newly formed reality.

15. A piece of psychomagic.

16. The educational is subsumed into the ritualistic art.

17. An externalisation of the meeting points of the artist’s internal and external realities.

18.Enter...