Tony Oursler

State_NonState (Hypnose)

  • Edited by Sophie Lévy
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 23 x 30 cm
  • Pages 88
  • Illustrations 50
  • Language French, English
  • Year 2021
  • ISBN 9788836645886
  • Price € 25,00  € 23,75
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As part of the Hypnose exhibition at the Musée d’arts de Nantes, Tony Oursler has devised a new and original installation specifically for the Chapelle de l’Oratoire.
Through some fifteen video sketches and mini-plays, filmed in a manner reminiscent of both early cinema and of the New York underground scene of the 1980s, the artist recreates the events that have marked the history of hypnosis, from Franz Anton Mesmer’s “animal magnetism” to the most up-to-date hypnotic forms of our digital culture, from smartphones to facial recognition technologies.
Richly illustrated with stills and montages of the video projections, this catalog also includes all the poems and texts used in the installation, thus revealing both the profusion of ideas it communicates and its hybrid nature. It opens with an essay written for the occasion by media historian Jeffrey Sconce and concludes with Tony Oursler’s sensory account of a journey to the places of his childhood, which he experienced while under hypnosis.

Musée d'Arts de Nantes, October 2020 - August 2021


Johanna Rolland


Trance and Transmission
Jeffrey Sconce

Archive of Hypnotic Activities
The Ass & The Woman
Mesmer Schematic
Magnetic Tree
Charcot’s Bed
The Camera
The Air Loom
Pre-Crime Cinema
The Dark Mirror
Stooky Bill
Face Wreck
Dream Machine

Hypnosis Session
Tony Oursler