looped video with sound, 16 min 37 sec, 2015
THE VIDEO CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTING.
Commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery.
Starting from his own experience of being hypnotised, MIND AND BODY BODY AND MIND, sees Arancio humorously attempting an unlikely group hypnotherapy session, focused on a script extrapolated from a Youtube video, that aimed to hypnotise the unaware sitter to became a better artist.
Arancio proceeded to replace the video’ s initial images with its own psychedelic mash up of found and made footage, layered with flashing lights emulating similar alpha waves to the Dream Machine created by Brion Gysing and Ian Sommerville in 1959, as well as binaural beats and an actor’ s voice reciting the exact original text.
Both existing as a performance and a video, Arancio’ s immersive and hypnotic piece aims to questions ideas of perception, authorship and reproduction as well as the text somehow ordered description of what an artist is meant to be.