Were you not just controlled?

10th July, 2008

Cesar, in response to Richard’s installation, described a difference between the hypnotic and the meditative. (I’m recalling these comments from memory a few hours later):

The hypnotic requires no conscious work from the subject. To me this suggests that the hypnotic is an intellectually effortless act of complacency and submission.

The meditative requires work from whoever wishes to meditate, and suggests a process of adaptation and interaction with one’s environment that directly involves the consciousness and, by extension, the interplay between the body and environment, between environment, body, feeling, and thought.

Cesar went on to say that creating hypnotic work now, in our culture, must be handled carefully and critically.

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