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For this startling new variation on his acclaimed installation Introduction to the Memory Personality, Jeremy Shaw places the spectator alone in a kind of cabin, where strategies around hypnotism and mind manipulation generate a profound sense of dread, a feeling that a buried taboo — in the form of a foreign body — has been shot directly into the
The idea of brain infiltration and its systematic alteration is the stuff of high-art speculative
science fiction — Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and David Cronenberg's
Videodrome are among the best — and huckster throwbacks, like 1980s Scientology personality tests and creepy thrift store self-help kits. Jeremy Shaw's much-celebrated
installation Introduction to The Memory Personality marries these two traditions to create a mysterious world of beautiful music and disturbing imagery. Mounted in an earlier form
for the One on One show at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the work requires the viewer to take a solitary fixed perspective, alone, inside a kind of cabin. Its
multiple strategies around hypnotism and mind manipulation generate a profound sense
of dread, a kind of seance for buried taboos, complete with a multi-dimensional soundtrack
that makes the experience exponentially more terrifying.
Presented and organized in partnership with
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,
952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5-15.
Exhibition continues until December 29.
Co-curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss.
- Jeremy Shaw
- Jeremy Shaw was born in Vancouver and is based in Berlin.
He has had solo exhibitions at MoMA and Schinkel Pavillon
in Berlin, and group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in
Amsterdam, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the Kunst-Werke
Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. For ten years,
Shaw was responsible for the underground electronic music