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Month: January, 2014

Mind Expanders

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Haus Rucker Co.‘s “Mind Expander Program”, (Mind Expanders I and II), made in the late 60′s, by architectural group Haus-Rucker-Co are a couple of performative-architectural sculptures allowing two enclosed bodies to entwine within them – facilitating a conjoined altered state of psychedelic comm(union). The first Mind Expander uses the group’s trademark inflatable clear plastic material in which a cybernetic fly-head balloon appears decorated with layers of reflective materials in geometric patterns.

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Like other works by the group, such as Environment-Transformer, these enclosures create a space for intimate introspection and hyper-awareness via sensory deprivation. It’s also a simple metaphor for the removal of oneself from consensual reality. Liberated from external distractions the user journeys inwards to generate personalised sensory impressions of their own. Taking the inflatable enclosure one step further – Haus-Rucker-Co proposed to populate the future with nomadic bubble-like houses, called Pneumacosms.

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‘Haus-Rucker-Co.’s designs for inflatable structures, prosthetic devices and interventions into public spaces were also blueprints for social change and an experiential theory of architecture. Situating itself in the transitional ground between architecture, design and action art, the group was unique in its distinctive emphasis on the perceptual realm.’ –  Work Gallery, London

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Heartbeat techno forcing choir noise upward in billowing clouds…

Promotional video for “The Otolith Sessions” featuring “Prelude” –  the opening track from the record.

“One of the major surprises with The Otolith Sessions is that it’s an incredibly musical work. Composition hasn’t been neglected in amongst Martins’ passion for process, and the pieces here are comprised of huge, densely orchestrated narratives: teeming starlight soaring over fierce tribal percussion, hazy blankets of voice and saxophone tilting through a tidal throb and sway, heartbeat techno forcing choir noise upward in billowing clouds.” –  ATTN Magazine Review

The Otolith Sessions is an exploration of experiments with magnetic tape manipulations and is offered as a limited edition CD accompanied with a 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel.

Available at Forwind Records, Rough Trade & Stashed Goods.

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