Oliver Hockenhull in Residence

May 1 — Nov 1, 2006



While in residence, Oliver Hockenhull continued research and development towards the development of the multimedia installation project World Briefing (2006).

The work questioned and engaged with ideas of immediacy, causality, randomness, and consciousness. The project built on The Global Consciousness Project (GCP)—an international effort involving researchers from several institutions and countries to explore whether the construct of interconnected consciousness can be scientifically validated through objective measurement. Experiments conducted over the past thirty-five years suggested that human consciousness interacts with random event generators (REG) causing them to produce non-random patterns. 

Hockenhull worked with a random event generator at Western Front and data from the GCP. This data was used to influence the play of a repository of video, images, audio, and textual elements speaking to chance, anomaly, synchronicity, and the abyss of the implicit.

The installation was presented as part of a multi-day celebration of Art’s Birthday (2007).

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.