The work The Demonstration of Gentleness (HD video, 9 mins 40 secs looped, 2012) is being screened as part of Now is forever lasting constant in the mind at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The video shows identical twins Helen & Kathryn Cartwright performing the Ju no Kata, as described by Yves Klein in his book Les Fondements du Judo. In 1954 Klein wrote to Jean Cocteau inviting him to collaborate on a film about judo. The Demonstration of Gentleness is an homage to that never realised collaboration.

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Ian Whittlesea - The Demonstration of Gentleness

Now is forever lasting constant in the mind features contributions from: Alexis Blake / Bill Brand / Cristoph Clarijs / Navine G. Khan Dossos / Emily Kocken / Marco Pasi / Susan Hiller/ Ian Whittlesea

Thursday 17th March 2016, 19:00 - 21:00

Now is forever lasting constant in the mind is an event curated by Pádraic E. Moore consisting of talks, screenings, readings and sounds in response to Sarah Pierce's exhibition at The Van Abbemuseum.

Conceived as a collage of different 'effects' or 'affects', over the course of one evening, the experimental marriage of these ostensibly disparate participants will reveal a methodology for making as the inherently complex communications that channel between them. While first and foremost intended as an artistic gesture, Now is forever lasting constant in the mind is also concerned with that which is not available to us through our visual faculties. In going beyond the individual creator and focusing instead upon the polyphonous potential of the group, this project is an investigation into the collective dimension of consciousness and creativity. Ultimately the project underscores the fact that what might be termed the 'creative process' never occurs in solitude.

This project is motivated by a desire to examine the thresholds of transfer between one mind and another. Several of the contributions deal with the idea of 'channeling' on some level or address artworks that might emerge as a synthesis of two personalities, or what might be termed a 'third mind'.



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