Turn me on deadman
August - 8th September 2006
The title of this exhibition refers to a reversed message embedded in a 1960's vinyl album, it could also be read as an elastic mantra applicable to varied factions of belief. This body of work comprises of drawing, installation, video and sound. The drawing is a necessary device, used only to reference places and people from a past life accessed through hypnotic regression.
Elements of the sound work include speaking in tongues, electronic voice phenomena, throat singing, keening, drug and trance induced attempts to commune with a spirit world.
This work explored facets of cultural phenomena such as hypnosis, glossolalia* and reverie and within this process Murnaghan acts as documenter, illustrator and in one case, subject. It is a research based project, engaging with many members of diverse spiritual and psychological practice, without their generosity it would not have been possible.
Many thanks to Regressive Therapist Keith Kavanagh, for his assistance with this project.