3 October – 21 November
11.00 – 18.00
Echo will be a large-scale immersive video installation presented in FACT’s Gallery 1 in which viewers will encounter a ghostly ‘reflection’ of themselves – that moves and speaks as they do in real time – but transposed upon a documentary background of an urban landscape. As the viewer continues to observe their doppelgänger, time is desynchronized and spatial perspective is distorted and broken, inducing a feeling of disorientation, alienation and anxiety.Inspired by neuroscientific and psychoanalytic theories of embodiment and selfhood, Echo has been developed in collaboration with Professor Olaf Blanke, Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain-Mind Institute in Lausanne. Prof. Blanke has pioneered research to induce out-of-body experiences in test subjects.
Echo will be presented alongside three of Mark Boulos’ previous video works:
All that Is Solid Melts into Air (2008), The Origin of the World (2009) and No Permanent Address (2010).
A programme of related talks, films, events and a symposium on Friday 4 October with guest speakers including Professor Olaf Blanke, Mark Boulos and Yann Chateigne will accompany the exhibition as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival 2013.
The development and production of Echo has been supported by the Wellcome Trust. The presentation of Echo has also been supported by the The Mondriaan Fonds, Pro Helvitia, and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.