THE VOICE AS AN OBJECT, CONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE, a collaboration by Maarten Davidse and Julia Geerlings. 07/03/2015 – 18/4/2015 at De Kijkdoos

THE VOICE AS AN OBJECT provides an international platform for young artists, to facilitate and share their creation of new work, an important value in relation with DE KIJKDOOS and other professionals in the field. Thus, THE VOICE AS AN OBJECT becomes a starting point for collectives to portray a voice in the context of their practice in DE KIJKDOOS. The series is a proposal on how DE KIJKDOOS can be viewed as an object. An object that witnesses its surroundings and contributes to it by capturing voices that harmonise with the all-pervasive sounds of the environment.

DE KIJKDOOS is a space for cultural research in the colonnade of the Weesperflat in Amsterdam. As a cultural cabinet we actively engage in cultural production and artistic research of any kind, by way of cooperation. The space is used for mediation of these imaginative, absurd and intelligent ideas to a broad public.

Join the CONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE by contributing to the Hypnotic memory-archive. Through mixing memories we seek unexpected moments of meaning and inspiration.

“I’m going to ask you to start by simply making yourself comfortable and closing your eyes.
If you notice any spots in your body where you are carrying the tension of the day, make the decision to let go of that tension.
You want to allow all the muscles in your body to become more relaxed.
Notice that your breathing has become a little bit slower already, and that is good.
Take a deep breath.
Breathe in… and exhale.
Deep slow breaths.
Very good.
Notice that without effort, simply by slowing down your breathing, my voice is causing the sound around you to disappear.
My voice will take you on a journey through time.”

The term Collective Consciousness was introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in 1893 and is seen as a set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes, which operate as a unifying force within society. The project-based work by Maarten Davidse (1987) is a result of having conversations and sharing thoughts with others. He investigates the notions of memory and time in his work, which often has a strong social and collaborative element. Davidse and Julia Geerlings (1985) share a same interest in developing projects through collaborating, communicating and sharing.