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.*
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.