GOD IN THE MACHINE

GOD IN THE MACHINE IS A CROSS-DISIPLINARY ARTPROJECT BY ERIK ROSSHAGEN AND NIKLAS WALLENBORG. THE PROJECT WANTS TO CAPTURE THE ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF ITS RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL BOUNDARIES BY SEARCHING FOR A POINT OR MOMENT THAT CAN BE DESCRIBED AESTHETICALLY.

Artists and filmmakers like Maya Deren and Jean Rouch have looked to the ecstatic experience as a utopian state that by transgressing our everyday subjective experience can bridge the ethnographic gap between subject and object.

We want to use two methods to reach beyond the cultural and religious representation of ecstasy. In a collaboration with contemporary dance the first method reduce the ecstatic experience to its bodily expression while the other method, based on an experimental method in neuroscience, search for it as an inner meditative state in the brain.

WITH SUPPORT FROM KONSTNÄRSNÄMNDEN (the Swedish Arts Grants Committee) INNOVATIV KULTUR, HELGE AX:SON JOHNSONS STIFTELSE, SVENSK-DANSKA KULTURFONDEN AND LETTERSTEDTSKA FÖRENINGEN.

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