Brent Coughenour

The Sick Sense (live a/v performance!)

Wednesday, April 1, 7 PM, $7-$10
Cancelled for now – check back for reschedule info

Building on research by Diana Deutsch, Alfred Bregman, Maryanne Amacher and others, The Sick Sense is an ongoing project exploring the limits of the perceptual system. These projects stimulate otoacoustic and flicker phenomena and auditory and visual hallucinations while searching for stimulus patterns that deactivate the brain’s default mode network, switching the brain into the role of ecstatic perceiver.


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The Sick Sense, part 2: The Seventh Sense (for Maryanne Amacher)
approx. 25 minutes
Wherein, while seeking the annihilation of the self at the boundaries of the perceptual system through a mechanism comprising grid patterns controlled by banks of sine waves, we discover otoacoustic and flicker phenomena—auditory and visual hallucinations which deactivate the brain’s default mode network (DMN), resulting in the ecstatic euphoria reserved for the beatific.


left/right/wrong (or, RGB and You and Me) – The Sick Sense, Part 3 (for Diana Deutsch)
approx. 15 minutes
Phasing, color blending modes and the verbal transformation effect combine to create a sensory overload spurring a variety of auditory and visual hallucinatory phenomena and depth illusions, a series of techniques clinically proven to have salutary effects on depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronophobia, and other maladies of the mind.


The Sick Sense 2020: The Year We Make Kontakte (Work-in-progress)
approx. 20 minutes
“During a sunny afternoon foray spent gamboling along the thresholds of flicker fusion and the auditory fusion frequency, I discovered, for the first time, ways to bring all properties [i.e., timbre, pitch, intensity, and duration] under a single control in order to create a total serialism of the mind, a sort of psychophysiological gesamtkunstwerk in which the fabric of time is rolled up like a rug, rotated, cut into sections, taken out of doors to be cleaned slice by slice, then reassembled into its previous totality and unrolled, once again seamlessly blanketing the surface of our conscious reality.” -Karlheinz Stockhausen


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Brent Coughenour is a media artist originally from the Motor City, currently based in the Golden State, whose most recent work incorporates computer programming for live manipulation of sound and image. He has presented his work at a variety of festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and internationally and is distributed by Video Data Bank.

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James Fotopoulos’s Esophagus

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 PM $7-$10
Cancelled for now – check back for reschedule info

The Nightingale Welcomes film maker James Fotopoulos as he presents his film

Esophagus (2004)

Synopsis: The origins of the universe told through the lens of an experimental film and video sci-fi horror-show fusion: Alien women trapped in a colorfully hand-scratched film-textured hotel room, genetically mutated men slowly driven mad in a white digital prison, the high contrast landscapes of Mars, and a futuristic tribe of a giant, an elf and a witch in their decaying suicide-home.

James Fotopoulos in attendance.


Media: Digital Projection
Runtime: 70mins


About: James Fotopoulos is a filmmaker who began production on his first feature film, ZERO (1997), in 1995. In 1998, he founded Fantasma for the production of his second feature, Migrating Forms (1999), and would continue to create a number of critically acclaimed narrative feature films, such as Back Against the Wall (2000), Families (2002), The Nest (2003) and Dignity (2012).
Along with his narrative productions, Fotopoulos has created over 200 non-narrative films, which include Christabel (2001), Esophagus (2004), The Mirror Mask (2005), The Sky Song (2007) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). These works range from feature-length to a few seconds long.
Fotopoulos’ films received a retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives; premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, Festival del Film Locarno and the Museum of Arts and Design; and have screened and exhibited widely at a number of film festivals, museums, and sites, such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, Museum of the Moving Image and the Andy Warhol Museum, among many others.

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