An immersive sensory environment
caustic coastal, manchester
17 - 26 January 2019
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:
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20
Thursday 24 and Saturday 26
17 JANUARY 2019
*About Visual Snow:
Imagine dots flickering throughout your entire vision — 24/7 — without a cure.
Visual Snow is a neurological condition that impacts an individual’s vision, hearing, and quality of life.
It affects a patient’s vision 24/7. That means that there is no relief from it, even when they close their eyes.
Our goal is to help those with Visual Snow live and enjoy their lives without fear.
Together we will find a cure.
Please visit The Visual Snow Foundation and the Visual Snow Initiativewebsites to learn more about Visual Snow.
Click here to donate to Visual Snow fundraise initiatives.
Artist/Curator/Composer Nwando Ebizie
Curatorial Advisor Kirsten Cooke
Digital Visuals Designer Coral Manton
Production and Operations Manager Sean Clarke
360 Sound Engineer Guillaume Dujat
Dramaturgical Choreography Laura Kriefman
Neuroscience Advisor Dr Edward Bracey
Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda
Neuroscientist Rachel Williams
Accessibility Artist Hope Strickland
Personal Access Assistant Louise Fazackerley
Costume Designer Christine Stanford
Featuring performers Amy Lawrence and Chanje Kunda
Distorted Salon in association with Drugstore Culture
Featuring Musician Tom Richards, Neuroscientist Rachel Williams, Poet/Comedian Kate Fox and journalists Matthew d’Ancona and Joe Muggs
Ritual Movement Director Moss Beynon Juckes
Director Jonathan Grieve
Technical Designer Tom Richards
Visuals Chris King
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
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.