Mare Incognito is a performance by Daniela de Paulis, during which sleep is recorded and transmitted into space in real time. During the performance (Spring 2022), we will record and transmit sonified EEG signals to space in real time as radio waves. The work aims at exploring the gradual dissolution of consciousness and of the thinking process while falling asleep. We are especially interested in exploring the moment during the sleep cycle while awareness seems to dissolve and the self gradually detaches from the continuous narrative thread we carry in our mind.
The perceived loss of consciousness as we transition into sleep is the only moment in daily life when the thinking process gradually dissolves into a form of 'nothingness', perhaps the same nothingness experienced during the process of dying. Mare Incognito thus poetically explores and draws reflection upon the process of dying as a daily occurrence in human life. In Mare Incognito the mind is converted into radio waves that move as the physical, yet invisible extension of the mind into outer space. The mind fuses with the cosmic distances, posing questions about the limits of human bodily presence.
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