Maren Juell  Kristensen

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Failing to Levitate in the Field, 2012

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FAILING TO LEVITATE IN THE FIELD is a work about misunderstanding and hoping for some sort of treatment or salvation. The focus is an MRI scan, or similar procedure, that will solve problems by finding faults. The terminology and actual science (or pseudoscience) is jumbled up and although some of it has actual founding the ‘character’ does not really understand what is happenin g, or what it all really means, and thereby take great leaps of faith.

The title is a rephrase of Bruce Naumans ‘Failing levitate in the studio’ which is a piece where he has

photographed himself balancing between two chairs. I am interested in his experiments with the limits of the

human body in relation to existential questions and the cameras ability to record these.

By adapting simple graphic that is used to explain processes and procedures I experiment with the borders of representation that I feel mirrors the way the character perceives the world. She cannot see the whole picture, only abstract fragments. I put this into conjunction with graphic interfaces like the data from an MRi Scan as abstract representation of something internal, and essentially human.

The main soundtrack in the film is composed on the basis of Brainwave entrainment or "brainwave

synchronization" This is a technique stemming from neuroscience but has later been adopted by alternative

therapies to alter your mind states.


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