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 through the ages. 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.
the work on exhibit is separated between different rooms within the space,
(which used to be an old prison) it can be read as one piece, hence each
of the works is numbered rather than given a title. Sound from individual
pieces will sometimes overlap, this is intentional and alludes to a temporal
slippage within various animist communications. All are part of the same
narrative immersed in concepts of artifice, memory and belief.
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.
* See 'speaking in tongues' or psychology nonsensical or invented speech, especially resulting from a trance or schizophrenia.
Many thanks to Regressive Therapist Keith Kavanagh, for his assistance with this project.