One Man Trance

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Visual Arts


Imaging and Digital Arts

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Where we humans spend most of our time becomes representative of our subconscious. Our everyday movements and mannerisms are recorded in our environments. Your self becomes the space. Your rooms become your existing knowledge base. Writing on or creating in those environments can allow you to alter your self. In the multimedia installation One Man Trance, I use my everyday environments and actions to create, replay, and edit ideas - a new form of self-hypnosis for keeping my subconscious constantly engaged in a loop with my conscious output. The installation is structured around the four rooms where I spend most of my time: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and exercise room. The actions I carry out most often in each of these rooms respectively - watch TV, stand in front of the mirror, stare into the pantry, use the exercise bike - are all turned into actions that are used to trigger visuals of my handwritten notes, typed text as well as audio recordings of hypnotic scripts (and vice versa). I am combining habitual actions in these familiar spaces with the ability to self-review and self-renew. I am opening my everyday to self-programming opportunities, performing habitual behaviors to a self-score that reclaims daydreams for self-hypnotic possibilities.