Digital Cocaine - Children of the 1980s
DVD, Installation, 00:01:10, 2005
Edition of 5 + 1 a.p.
shall have to speak much in images ... only approximately correct;
for the only way a human being can make supernatural matters,
which in their essence must always remain incomprehensible,
... Where intellectual understanding ends, the domain of belief
Daniel Paul Schreber "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness"
"In October 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in
the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary.
A year later their footage was found..." http://blairwitch.com
The Blairwitch Project"
In March 2002, ubermorgens Hans Bernhard(0) experienced a manic
outbreak [bipolar affective disorder(1)(2)] in Capetown, South-Africa.
He was airlifted to Austria - General Hospital Vienna. Two and
a half years later, UBERMORGEN found video footage of his stay
at the Mental hospital - Station 4B, Department of Psychiatry.
They decide to release the material unedited, only with minimal
contextual information to go along with:
"We(3) are the children of the 1980s, We are the first
internet-pop-generation. We grew up with radical Michael Milken
[The King of Junk Bonds] and mythical Michael Jackson [The King
of Junk Pop]. Hans Bernhard is loaded with 10 years of internet
& tech [digital cocaine], mass media hacking, underground
techno, hardcore [illegal] drugs, rock&roll lifestyle and
net.art jet set [etoy]. His neuronal networks and brain structures
are similar to the global synthetic network he helped build
up and maintained subversive activity within. And now they are
"infected" by a manic-depression [WHO ICD-10, F31.1.]
(1), both Hans Bernhard and The "Network" are infected
by this structural disorder. Waves of mania and depression are
running through the technical, social and economic structures.
Contemporary high-tech societies deal with hardcore brains using
bio-chemical "agents" to control the internal information
flow, we call them psychotropic drugs. Hans Bernhard was legally
sloshed by Zyprexa®, Temesta®, Dominal®, Depakine®,
Neurotop® (4). But how can we treat a mentally ill global network?"
The Installation is a common projection, a sensitive membrane
[the screen] which serves as a thin skin which is penetrated
by light and onto which a unique reality is projected. This
membrane moves if you touch it or it curls if you blow: the
image twists. The membrane represents the human and the network
- it is hypersensitive. The sound is played quietly via speakers
and very fat via earphones. The room is bright with daylight
so the mood of the viewer is influenced by the weather outside.
There is no difference to a room in a mental hospital.
(1) WHO, ICD-10 Classification: F31.1 Bipolar affective disorder,
current episode manic without psychotic symptoms
(3) The net.art Duo UBERMORGEN [lizvlx and Hans Bernhard]