Invocation of the Hidden Secret

Invocation of the Hidden Secret
Friday, September 30, 2011, 12:00 pm

Sandee's Dream, Turner Prize*, 2010

Invocation of the Hidden Secret
Turner Prize*

Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.

Turner Prize* (Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, and John G. Hampton) presented a three-act performance, Invocation of the Hidden Secret, developed from the trio’s research and documentation of dreams. In their work, they use performative photography, sound manipulation, and live interaction to explore the intangibility of dreams and ideas, especially the distorting moments as dreams surrender to representation. In effect, their work addresses the elusive and translative properties of the "creative act."

The three artists have interviewed scores of dreamers as part of an earlier series, Other People’s Dreams. Invocation of the Hidden Secret was a performance that built on that series. It employed Jungian dream analysis, New Age philosophy, and magic and featured the aesthetics of mid-twentieth century pop psychology and psychedelia. The collective and audience members all participated in an elaborate theatrical ritual in which dreams were “extracted” from their dreamers by a number of quasi-baptismal procedures that require mysterious paraphernalia: herbs and crystals, Tibetan singing bowls, and substances determined by the dreams themselves.

Turner Prize* is a Canadian artists’ collective comprised of members Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, and J. G. Hampton. Their medium of choice is performative photography, which they use to conduct sexy experiments with pseudo-psychological and relational methodologies.

Turner Prize* has been supported by Neutral Ground artist-run centre in Regina, Live Biennale in Vancouver, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.