Sleep and Altered States of Consciousness

Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.
Curated by Warren Neidich and Sarrita Hunn
June 5 – July 3, 2021

Just as the Internet is slowly being constrained and commoditized through a multitude of firewalls, so, too, is the brain. As the brain and mind are the new factories of the 21st century and the neural commons is under assault (especially its neural and cultural plasticity), then the organization of the intra-extracranial brain is at stake. GPS systems are outsourcing and exteriorizing innate way-finding capabilities with material effects expressed by the shrinkage and atrophy of the posterior hippocampus. Similar to Jonathan Crary’s description in 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2013), sleep is understood here as a human need at odds with productivity which escapes the incessant and profound affront of simulated needs concocted by a voracious late stage cognitive capitalism and as yet has not been colonized or commoditized – although new technologies and pharmaceuticals on the horizon will soon make even that possible. Reorganization through aesthetic, pharmacologic, or spiritual means and agents may provide new pathways to new forms of resistance against these processes of subjectivization.

Artists and further information to be announced.