Installation/performance by Warren Neidich
Curated by Octavio Zaya
Emily Harvey Foundation, 537 Broadway, NY NY 10012
Friday, November 15th – Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Collaborative Performers: Cristian Amigo, Joshua Carro, Michael Day, Gisburg, Rosemarie Hertlein, James Ilgenfritz, Dafna Naphtali, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Kevin Norton, Fahad Siadat, Alex Sramek, Andrea Young
Special thanks to:
Loui Terrier, Videographer
“Be Not Afraid” is a two-channel looped video originally projected on suspended glass screens. A re-enactment of the first hypnotic session ever pictured (from an l9th century engraving) it also incorporates archival footage from the Worlds’ Fairs and NASA Footage.
In the video members of The New Society for Universal Harmony are hypnotized under a tree behind which the viewer can see the remnants of Philip Johnson’s NY State Pavilion, itself a tribute to the U.S. Space Program. The video explores two aspects of modernity, the remnants of the utopian dream and the origins of psychoanalysis.
The video was shot in June 2006 by Ezra Bookstein and Ilana Rein, directed by Kathryn Alexander, edited by Lenore Malen and Ruppert Bohle with a score by Dafna Naphtali. It was produced by Lenore Malen & The New Society for Universal harmony.