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Journey into mystery of 'Psychic Apparatus'

THE mysterious worlds of the conscious and subconscious, waking and dreaming, deliberate and involuntary actions - and how they all interact - are the subject of a series of video works titled "Psychic Apparatus."

The exhibition contains works of eight Chinese designers and eight foreign designers displayed at island6 Arts Center at M50.

The project description says: "'Psychic Apparatus' aims to dig deeper into the great abyss of subjective experience, exploring various states and stages of wakefulness, imaginings, involuntary behavior, influential forces and subliminal processes.

The 16 designers: Felix Beyreuther, Bing Bing, Cai Duobao, Matt Carols, Thomas Charv??riat, Marianne Csaky, Roland Darjes, Li Lingxi, Liu Dao, Chaim Gebber, Nick Hersey, Zane Mellupe, Rose Tang, Wang Dongma, Yang Longhai and Zhang Deli.

Hungarian Csaky's work "Delete" is about history and memory; it involves filming and photographing the same scenes in different places with local people. She started in Budapest, then went on to Seoul, South Korea, and Kunming in China's Yunnan Province.

The source material for the work in "Psychic Apparatus" is an old Hungarian home movie. She reshot sequences and stills in Kunming this January, asking Chinese colleagues and friends to reenact the original scenes and give it their own interpretation.

"In this project the process itself, thinking together and working together with others, is as important as the result," says Csaky. "My aim is to experiment with the way we construct ourselves and our vision of the world."

Another work in the "Psychic" video series is a wall LED screen, with a telephone number 139-1644-0009.

The work, which is an idea generated by the 16 designers, features a handsome man carrying a telephone. When the visitor dials the number, the man picks up the phone and disappears. Then the visitor gets an SMS from that number saying "Disappeared again" or "You can't find me."

Date: through June 23, 11am-6pm

Venue: 2/F, Bldg 6, island6 Arts Center, 50 Moganshan Rd

Tel: 6227-7856


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