Hypnosis Chamber
Mam, Modern Art Museum, Paris, 2005

Architect: R&Sie(n) with Benoit Durandin - Paris
Creative team and associates partner: François Roche, Stephanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro, Benoit Durandin

Seats shell ; Design by Mathieu Lehanneur

Hypnosis specialist ; François Roustang

Video producer : Alexandre Merlet

Key dimensions: 15 m2
Client : Mam / Mudam

Experiment of hypnosis individual cession in the research and exhibition : "I've heard about".
1) Enter in a 'heterotopian' cognitive room.

2) Let you dive secondly in a 'wake up dream', filled by vocal information on "I've heard about" urbanism.

3) Feel yourself as a nerve termination inside the organic and self-determination growing structure.
4) Keep the speculation and experiment alive as a possibility of transformation of your own biotope.

Somnambulism, n. -1. Mental activity produce during the phase called waking sleep, or even heightened consciousness. Somnambulism can be characterized by the sensation of an indefinite, uncertain and problematic state, a state of unstable consciousness revealing a new relationship with the world, others and oneself. -2. Historically, this unusual state of the consciousness labelled hypnosis in the first half of the 19th century has been an attempt to develop spaces of freedom, egalitarian social projects, that could not be perceived and explored except in this state. It could be said that confronted by the impossibility of modifying the mechanisms of the real, tangible, political world, this prefeminist movement strove, on the contrary, to create a different and distanced layer of existence somewhere out of reach. Although diabolized and treated as charlatanism, nevertheless all of premodern reformist thought drew on this movement. -3. Trans-door, a method of hypnotic suggestion used during the "I've heard about" experiment (cf. teleportation).


"The great industrial and financial powers produced not only commodities, but also subjectivities"
Toni Negri, Empire, Havard University 2000

How to produce a disalienation process by infiltrating this subjectivity? The hypno-chamber unit is a way to construct a personal relationship, as a 'waking up sleeper' with a fictional environment only reachable by hypnosis. The hypno-chamber is an open door; a Trans door, in the sense of Dan Simmons, to escape on another layer, an egalitarian layer where the notion of democracy is re-evaluated, as a process of self determination.

Sloterdijk talks about the habitat as a pure machine of acknowledges, a machine of insulation, in the pursuit of Le Corbusier's machine à habiter. We don't want to use technology as a new propaganda of the future but more as a vector of subjectivity, individual and collective, to reintroduce uncertainty, vibes of time, and fears of sleeping comfort. The other is to accept that architecture cannot resolve all human parameter, as a pure objectivization of desire. We will integrate the hypnosis experiment inside the habitat itself, as a new 'function'. This paradigm includes the way to escape from the human condition, similar to the utopia/dystopia of the Somnambulism movement, as a touchable 'star gate'. As the paradigm of Thomas More, the other Layer of another social protocol is no more a projection in the future but a immersion in a parallel situation, in real time, in the simultaneously perception of a tomorrownowtime. .

The hypno-chamber is produced as an indoor chamber, an immersion zone, where an hypnosis session has been registered and help citizen to escape from their alienated social condition.

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