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Post-Contingent Coherence (2016)

 

- Video. Single Channel. Duration: 5’ 51”

 

The 20th century has been characterized for its tendency to deal with certain illnesses as kind of dementias and psychological ailments. One of the most representative example is the 28th president of the US, Woodrow Wilson. In 1919 he suffered a brain stroke which provoked him anosognosia.This manifestation produces the negation of other kind of pathologies that the patient has. Wilson denied he had left side paralysis and because of it he was incapacitated to defend the Versalles Treaty. His functions as president could have continued without any problem, so his intellectual capacity was not damaged. 

 

What has been considered as a demented manifestation in the past, currently, with the rise of cognitive sciences and neurosciences may be the best way to understand certain common patterns in human behaviour.

 

A relevant aspect of anosognosia is to understand that we use details and rationality to cope with day-to-day stress. Any person can be considered as anosognosic in a certain degree, in the way in which we deny specific parts of our reality to face it. Post-Contingent Coherence emphasises the coherency that the vestibular system provokes in human behaviour processes.

 

Post-Contingent Coherence shows a pianist performing Nocturne Op.55, No. 1 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin. The pianist suffers anosognosia, and the viewer´s perception changes according to the perspective of the camera, and also to what  hears from the instrument - an overlap of different melodic realities. In this artwork the first and third person perspectives are underscored to explore the self-model notion coined by Thomas Metzinger in regards to confabulations derived from the lack of feedback from the paralyzed left side of the body when suffering anosognosia. In Post-Contingent Coherence, through images and sound, we see different self-models interacting as distinct realities happening at once. 

One of the most representative examples is found in the twenty-eighth president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. In 1919 he suffered brain damage that led to anosognosia. The president denied having left paralysis and, before public opinion, was incapacitated to defend the Treaty of Versailles. His functions as president could have continued without any problem, since his intellectual capacity was not damaged.

Post-Contingent Coherence (2016)

 

- Video. Single Channel. Duration: 5’ 51”

 

El siglo XX se ha caracterizado por su tendencia a tratar ciertas enfermedades como demencias y dolencias psicológicas. Uno de los ejemplos más representativos lo encontramos en el vigésimo-octavo presidente de los Estados Unidos, Woodrow Wilson. En 1919 sufrió un daño cerebral que derivó en anosognosia. Esta manifestación hace negar al afectado otro tipo de patologías que padece. El presidente negaba tener parálisis izquierda y, ante la opinión pública, se le incapacitó para defender el Tratado de Versalles. Sus funciones como presidente podrían haber continuado sin ningún problema, ya que su capacidad intelectual no sufrió daños.


Lo que ha sido considerado como una manifestación demente en el pasado, hoy, con el auge de las ciencias cognitivas,y la neurociencia puede ser el mejor camino para comprender ciertos patrones comunes en el comportamiento humano.
 

Un aspecto relevante de la anosognosia es comprender que, de alguna forma, empleamos detalles y el raciocinio para afrontar el estrés del día a día. Cualquier persona puede ser considerada como anosognósica a ciertos niveles, ya que en situaciones especificas negamos parte de la realidad para afrontarla.
Post-Contingent Coherence enfatiza la coherencia que el sistema vestibular provoca en procesos de comportamiento humano.

 

Esta pieza audiovisual muestra a una pianista tocando Nocturno Op.55, No.1 en Fa Menor de Frédéric Chopin. Al sufrir anosognosia, su percepción cambia de acuerdo a la perspectiva de la cámara. El plano en primera persona desvela que la pianista cree estar tocando con las dos manos, una realidad individual que se enfrenta con los planos en tercera persona, cuando el espectador puede descubrir su parálisis. Además, los sonidos que provienen de cada perspectiva se solapan hasta desvelar la causa.

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Charim Gallery. Curated_by Vienna 2016

Still frame de Post-Contingent Coherence

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