Two videos, “The Machine Side of the Mind” and “The Anti-Machine Side of the Mind”, from his series “Making Sense” in which I explore the disconnection of bodies overflowing with information and the different means of accessing information, are constructed as representations of intellectuality and corporeality. The first of the videos, whose names refer to the concepts of machine and anti-machine created by the Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger, addresses 23 of the 65 questions collected by me. These questions are accompanied by my gesture-reactions to these questions in the other video, which we see in close-up.
These works are open invitations to the viewer to read the beautiful questions and the facial expressions simultaneously pushing them to rethink about the relationships between intellectual and bodily processes. I aim to explore a field of experience where the mind is triggered with high level questions and senses are stimulated at the same time. Words become as part of our sensory experience as much as mimics or the sound of breath. In terms of their position in the body, the mimics and thoughts are complementary and located at the same level.
My interest in the essence of the human mind is based on the relation of the two sides of the mind which Roberto Mangabeira Unger mentions as machine and the anti-machine. According to Unger, the anti-machine side has the quality that a poet would call the negative capability, in ordinary words, imagination. I am investigating the capabilities of the anti-machine side of the mind which can satirize its established methods and presuppositions to see something that those presuppositions and methods cannot allow. It can then retrospectively develop the methods and assumptions that help make sense of what it has discovered.