Flatland

  • Date: September, 2014
  • Location: Various

Hendrik Verwoerd in an experiment he carried out in the 1930’s named ‘A Method for the Experimental Production of Emotions’ uses various combinations of colours and symbols to elicit in his test subjects various emotions. Verwoerd studied as a psychologist before ever entering into politics, even achieving a doctorate magna cum laude.

His highly mediatic experiment goes on to succeed in its ambitions in creating: “compassion, shame, embarrassment, malicious joy, anger and vexation.” Flatland emerges from research into this experiment and how its outcomes could be overlaid onto the propaganda and media manipulation during the apartheid regime.
Flatland takes the audience through a performance-lecture that traverses the research into the psychological experiments while overlaying juxtaposing them onto South Africa’s past and present.

Performance:
2014
Time: Variable, 10-45min
Specifications: Lecture, performance, differentiated stereo sound, HD video, drawing.

Performed:
2016
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris 2016, 12-17 Jan 2016 – Paris, GAÎTÉ LYRIQUE.
[CONTROL / NATIONAL / COMMUNITY]
2014
GIPCA Live Art Festival, Cape Town.
1. [SEPARATE / FREEDOMS / AFFAIRS] 2. [INFLUX / NATIONAL / GROUP]
BORG 2014 Biennial, Antwerp.
[CONTROL / RELATIONS / HORIZONTAL]
To Make a Work, Upominki, Rotterdam.
[DEVELOPMENT / RELATIONS / VERTICAL]


00:48min excerpt from 08:05min


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