208 / immersion series 15

In the frame of Thomas Oberender / Tino Sehgal: Welt ohne Außen. Immersive Spaces since the 1960s. On Just in f Kennedy’s workshop: Alive…and then Some. 03.08.2018, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.

The critical practitioner can not talk about her experience of Just in f Kennedy’s workshop Alive…and then Some on various trance practices and their critical treatment, for she engaged in it to such an extent that her voice has left her body only to return in the guise of a squeaky duck two days later.

Luckily her realm of utterance in this case is located within the written word, so she can still recount her „day at the museum” spent singing Greogrian chant verses whilst undulating her upper body, hyperventilating, jumping onto her flat soles, shaking off her arms, letting go of her anger and fears in waves of unheard-of feral screams with an ensuing quiet moment of hereness.

The liberating sensation that settles in when carrying out such movements is put into context by the workshop facilitators by showing film footage of the origins of Osho meditation and the Baghwan sect, explaining to which degree such very useful and healing practices have been abused by individuals in their desire to seek power over others… The liberating sensation’s effect: slimmed down.

The critical practitioner wonders whether criticality is both an obstacle to accessing alternate states and at the same time, a healthy faculty to be shielded from abuse whilst in them, which makes the critic feel mildly better about her disecting nature and equally proud of not having thought a thought for at least an hour; both is possible, the critic is the proof.

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