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In order to judge the subject’s level of neurological degeneration, a neurologist will administer what is referred to as a ‘clock drawing test’. The patient is asked to draw a clock-face with pencil. Depending on the drawing’s fidelity; whether the numbers are in order, sequential, equally spaced, properly circular, completing a ring of continuous time without breaks, irregularities, or gaps the level of degeneration is diagnosed and recorded.*

 

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Perhaps mechanical clocks lost their dominance as time-shapers in the age of financialization. The algorithmic process produces time regimes imperceptible to the human brain, time units that move and exchange at supra-visible speeds no longer computable by human cognition. The clock-face not only miniaturized to the scale of a wearable watch, but has fully atomized, been internalized, accelerated to speed of synaptic flows. Metal gears morph to plastic proteins.†

 

*† Excerpts from “Neuro-debts” by David Whelan

 

“Dementia-Machine” appears at ‘A Public Space’ in the form of a reading room; composed of soft pillow-bodies and printed ephemera. It is a place where normative understandings of dementia can mutate into more daring configurations; perhaps a working model for neuro-political resistance or something yet to be imagined. Given capitalism’s increasing monetization of human cognition, it is necessary to address dementia’s role within this economy; not as an individual testimony, but as a global condition.

 

Haunting this space of searching is the living history of revolutionary Greece, whose continued resistance to imperial projects produces dementia-machines of its own. Performances by Stephen Decker and David Whelan will attempt to broadcast these reverberations through the exigencies of radio and poetic speech. Opening on August 15 2017, 5:00 – 6:30PM. Closing August 27, 5:30PM with Performances. At ‘A Public Space’ of the Lighthouse Works residency on Fishers Island, New York. The show combines the efforts of David Whelan, Stephen Decker and Isabelle Campeau.

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为了诊断患者的神经退化情况,神经科医生会对患者进行所谓的“时钟绘画测试”,要求患者用铅笔绘制钟面。根据绘制的精准度、数字顺序、间隔、规定时间范围、线条流畅度,来诊断和记录患者的神经退化水平。*

 

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在金融化时代,机械钟表失去其作为‘时间塑造者’的主导地位。算法程序生产出令人脑难以分析的时间单位,人类认知再也不能计算以超视觉速度移动的时间交换单位。钟面不仅小到可穿戴手表表盘,并已完全被微粒化、内化,加速突触流速度。金属齿轮逐渐“转化”为塑料蛋白质。†

 

*† 摘自大卫·惠澜《神经债务》

 

展览‘痴呆机’以阅览室的形式出现在‘公共空间’。展厅由柔软的垫子和散落的印刷品组成,将对痴呆症的理解转变成一个实地空间——对于神经政治反抗的工作模式、或是尚未被想象过的东西。鉴于资本主义逐步将人类认知货币化,我们认为有必要指出痴呆症在其经济‘指导’下的角色。没有个人痕迹只有全球现状。

 

艺术家对希腊革命生活史的研究,让其意识到反抗者对帝国的不断反抗反而让反抗者本身产生了‘痴呆机’。斯蒂芬·德克尔和大卫·惠澜通过无线电和诗歌表演来传达那些混响。 展览开幕二零一七年八月十五日下午五点至六点半,展至八月二十七日。展览位于纽约州渔民岛灯塔驻地项目‘公共空间’画廊。艺术家,大卫·惠澜;展览管理,麦石;设计,伊莎贝尔·坎波(垫子),斯蒂芬·德克尔(声音),麦石。