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Distorted Constellations

An immersive sensory environment

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caustic coastal, manchester

17 - 26 January 2019

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17 JANUARY 2019

OPENING CEREMONY
7.30-9PM

Distorted Constellations constructs an immersive sensory environment inspired by artist Nwando Ebizie’s mythic interpretation of the rare neurological disorder Visual Snow and her own neuro-divergency. This Afrofuturist alternate reality is a playground for creative exploration, which draws on immersive technologies and embodied ritual practice. A landscape for transformative encounters.

Programmed into the exhibition are a series of visceral and interactive performances, music and conversation-based events in collaboration with both scientists and artists.

Distorted Constellations particularly welcomes neurodiverse people to contribute to the ongoing development of the project. There will be an accessibility artist available each day as a point of contact for visitors.

Commissioned by Eclipse and HOME as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. Funded by Wellcome Trust and Unlimited

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26 JANUARY 2019

DISTORTED CONSTELLATIONS SALON WITH DRUGSTORE CULTURE
9PM

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Exhibition Open

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20

Thursday 24 and Saturday 26

2-5PM

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PERFORMANCE

18-20 january 2019

20 MINUTES OF ACTION
7.30-9PM
£5 CONCS/£10 FULL PRICE

23-26 JANUARY 2019

INTIMACY/TOUCH/TINGLES
7.30-9PM
£5 CONCS/£10 FULL PRICE

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WORKSHOPS

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23 JANUARY 2019

RITUAL AS TECHNOLOGY
12-3PM
£10 CONCS/£20 FULL PRICE

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26 JANUARY 2019

ORAMICS MACHINE: OPTICAL SOUND AND NEURODIVERGENCY
1PM
£10 CONCS/£20 FULL PRICE

 
 


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TALKS

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19 JANUARY 2019

THE WORLD OF VISUAL SNOW TALK BY DR FRANCESCA PULEDDA
FREE

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19 JANUAR 2019

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

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20 JANUAR

2019

NEURODIVERSITY AND SUPER-POWERED CREATIVITY
FREE

 

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MANIFESTO

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...