Dream of Insomnia Workshop
17-18 February 2012
curated by Éric Alliez in collaboration with Annie Ratti, Andrea Lissoni e Cesare Pietroiusti
at Fondazione Antonio Ratti – Villa Sucota
All-night solo concert and videoprojection
An experiment in hypnosis and dream manipulation of a voluntary audience as they sleep.
John Duncan (Wichita, Kansas 1953) is visual artist, a pioneer of performance art and experimental audio who has worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Amsterdam. Duncan's events and installations have been held at Performa in New York, Färgfabriken and Gallery Niklas Belenius in Stockholm, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, the NoorlandsOperan in Umeå, Netmage 07 (with Leif Elggren) in Bologna, Cut and Splice (with CM von Hausswolff) in London, and the 2nd Gothenburg Biennial. He has performed with and directed Ensemble Phoenix (in Basel and Bern, as well as for the Angelica Festival in Bologna), Musica Nova in Tel Aviv, Zeitkratzer in Berlin. His CD releases THE CRACKLING (1996 with Max Springer), PALACE of MIND (2001 with Giuliana Stefani),
PHANTOM BROADCAST (2002), THE KEENING TOWERS (2003) and NINE SUGGESTIONS (2005 with Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen) are acclaimed by critics and composers as benchmarks of experimental music. His work in radio, video and performance has been shown at the Getty Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the Osterreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna; Museu d'Arte Contemporani, Barcelona (MACBA); and Museum of Tokyo (MOT).