Divided by Resistance, Totally Wired, ICA, London.
Photo by Bonnie Venture.


Divided by Resistance

Divided by Resistance is a durational performance installation by Bruce Gilchrist & Jonny Bradley, which was presented as part of Totally Wired curated by Lois Keidan at the ICA, London, 1996. Supported by an ICA/Toshiba Art & Innovation Commission (1st prize) with additional support for theseat of consciousness’ by Juggernaut.

In a poetic retrieval of records in the manner of a search engine,1 Divided by Resistance utilised a relational database of electroencephalograph (EEG) recordings, QuickTime movies and text narratives based on recollections from REM sleep collected by the artist in his studio over a year, 1995-1996. Members of the audience at the ICA were invited to participate via a specially constructed communiction conduit.

“[...] It is the concern to create this distance, or rather this nearness, by drawing a spectator into a particular experience, which forms the focus for much of Bruce Gilchrist’s recent work. Although developed from a research context that is generated by sophisticated scientific concepts, Gilchrist’s performances also function on another, less immediately apparent level which is dependent upon establishing a sensitive physical dialogue between artist and individual audience member.” 2

1 Soft Cinema by Lev Manovich, ZKM, 2002-2003.
2 Subtle Bodies: The Work of Bruce Gilchrist in ‘Low Tide: Writings on Artists’ Collaborations’ by Jeni Walwin. Published by Black Dog Publishing , 1997.

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