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Fluxus artist La Monte Young …
Fluxus artist La Monte Young is reported to have said to his colleague, Tony Conrad: Isn't it wonderful if someone listens to something he is ordinarily supposed to look at Notice the exhibition space is stripped from all disturbing elements, creating a minimalised abstracted terrain, an isolated acoustic container, functioning as a stage. Notice that the walls are 'breathing', as they mimic life in a machinic rhythm, a musical composition made with pipes and ventilators, ventilated around you by quadraphony. When listening to the musical composition, we slowly start to adapt our own rhythm of breathing to that of the machine. Reduced to the one remaining element, i.e. sound, the generated computerised environment [pointing to our freely created cybernetic world, exerts control on a very intimate level: we become part of the machine by some symbiosis, we breath together. The visitor, unconsciously and maybe even unwillingly, becomes [part of] the work. The work relates to my thesis that preludates on machinic, computated communication and its relation to society and the control exerted by that society, leading to all sorts of micro-fascisms in our daily life, as described so aptly by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.