"Sensory Gating Undone"
A maggot flies into the window pane - you witness it, but most probably will not remember this occurence. The cocktail party effect plays an essential role in our daily lives, but what if the human brain never attained such an ability? In "Sensory Gating Undone" the artist deconstructs nature and embodies the human brain in a performance piece / moving image. Our brain protects us from reaching a boiling point of insanity, but if we had control over what memories to keep or discard - would we be fair? Biased? Would we still be able to protect our rationality? Are we rational beings to start with, or are we a result of routinely nature?
Q & A WITH MAJD ALLOUSH:
CC: Please tell us more about the video beyond the artwork description.
MA: The main concept was inspired by previous notes and archival letters I've collected in my youth. There are alot of good and bad things contained within these documents, so I tried to recycle these memories; some elements triggered something in me so I chose to erase some and keep some, format it - in a way.
CC: Speaking of memory and the past, when you dig deep into your memory do you feel an energy of toxicity or do you long for the past?
MA: That I would consider to be subjective. I wouldn't change anything from the past, infact I do long for elements from the past. In a parallel universe, I would want to repeat many memories.
CC: How would you classify "Sensory Gating Undone"? Video, moving image, or performance art?
MA: It's a combination of performing art and moving image. This was my first experience with merging these two mediums, and I've discovered that it delivers a full rounded idea to the concept.
CC: You're on the beach, at night, wrapped with plastic and you are moving in an almost cannibalistic manner. What is happening inside this bubble?
MA: I am shuffling through the notes, reciting the letters, discarding memories and keeping others. I was also trying hard to breathe.
CC: Tell us about the beginning of the video in comparison to the end.
MA: The video is continuous, although it is open ended. I'd like to think of it on loop.
CC: One of the most important elements in your video was the water, why?
MA: The beach is where I gather my thought process, in my head it was the perfect setting. You talk to it, but nothing responds.