Suspicious Mind: artists’ exploration of mind and matter

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  • 13/08/13 – 31/08/13
  • Time: 18:00
  • Venue: Michaelis Gallery, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 - 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Contact: 021 480 7170

Participating artists: Pippa Skotnes, Fritha Langerman, Penny Siopis, Willem Boshoff, Paul Edmunds, Pierre Fouché, Fabian Saptouw, Nicholas Hlobo, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Gerhard Marx, Malcolm Payne, Kim Gurney, Katherine Bull, Sandile Zulu, Doreen Southwood, Ruth Sacks, Nina Liebenberg

Is the cause for Elvis’s suspicious mind a drop in his oxytocin levels? If our tears were missing prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormones, and leucine enkephalina, would they still signify sadness? If Freud was still practicing today, would he be promoting pineal envy?
In a late footnote to Interpretation of Dreams, Freud reminds us that “at the bottom dreams are nothing other than a particular form of thinking, made possible by the condition of sleep. It is the dreamwork that creates that form, and it alone is the essence of dreaming – the explanation of its peculiar nature”.

In Suspicious Mind, artists and contributors to the International Neuropsychoanalysis Conference to be held in Hiddingh Hall from 22 – 25 August, dream a quirky, quack-scientific environment into being, exploring the peculiar forms that emerge when exploring the space between mind and matter.

Think: walls of free association, a Freudian couch in a theatre showing “Atomic Brain Invasion”, 100 000 dots on a single piece of paper, pharma-psychological dance moves, anatomical sketches of Leonardo da Vinci, phrenological charts and pathological brain specimens…
Multiple digital publications of associated materials from the Honours in Curatorship students will create a virtual exhibition for viewers to explore. This interactive set of displays will form part of the show and will be presented during the course of the exhibition run in August.

Participating artists: Pippa Skotnes, Fritha Langerman, Penny Siopis, Willem Boshoff, Paul Edmunds, Pierre Fouché, Fabian Saptouw, Nicholas Hlobo, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Gerhard Marx, Malcolm Payne, Kim Gurney, Katherine Bull, Sandile Zulu, Doreen Southwood, Ruth Sacks, Nina Liebenberg

The guest speaker for the opening is: Prof Marina Wallace