Pascal Rousseau

Unter Einfluss Hypnose als neues Kunstmedium

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Pascal Rousseau
Unter Einfluss Hypnose als neues Kunstmedium

Text(s) by Pascal Rousseau

Series: dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notizen - 100 Gedanken

German, English

2012. 32 pp., 2 ills.


10.50 x 15.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2929-1

In his notebook, philosopher Pascal Rousseau uses the medium of hypnosis and an account of its followers to draw a line from the fin de siècle to the beginning of the twenty-first century. At the moment, hypnosis is applied by various contemporary artists and cultural producers as a neo-conceptual method that transcends the polarity of active-passive and reflects on the historical roots of hypnosis. The opinions of the historic prime fathers of hypnosis, like Arthur d’Anglemont (1821–1898), Paul Souriau (1852–1926), and Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893), are commented on and discussed in regard to contemporary hypnosis practices in art. As a paradoxical state of being awake, hypnosis influences the creative imagination and the self-perception of its subjects. For more then 120 years it has hovered, as artistic practice and “paradoxical sleep,” between identity, collectivity, and utopia.

Pascal Rousseau (*1965) is Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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