Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

E2-E4: Brody Condon, Kristoffer Månsson and Hannah Proctor

Welcome to Rutiga Golvet at the Royal Institute of Art for the fifth spring session of the E2-E4 program, with Brody Condon, Kristoffer Månsson, and Hannah Proctor, on Thursday, March 22, 5pm.

Brody Condon’s work-in-progress, developed specially for E2-E4, deploys research methods from experimental psychology as potential models for artistic practice. The exhibition “Control Flow” will peruse the tools and performative structures deployed in psychology research, from the early use of experimental video in psychotherapeutic settings to current qualitative data collection and analysis software.

Together with artists currently enrolled at the Royal Institute of Art, Condon will visit three laboratories at Stockholm University to observe and participate in experiments. At the Fischer lab, the group will focus on social, emotional, and cognitive information processing. While at the Månsson and Frick labs, they will examine the relationship between emotion and brain plasticity. In a joint work session following the lab visits, the participants will put into practice some of the probed methods, treating them as procedural protocols for performative workshops.

Some of these modified behavioral techniques are informed by the history of role-play, psychological flow, and game-like situations described by seminal theorists on ritual and play such as Victor Turner and Johan Huizinga. Others draw from affective processing research and the gaps between what we experience or remember, and what actually occurs. The edited video documentation of the workshop will be shown alongside flow chart diagrams devised by Condon to function as algorithmic scores. Such visualizations of psychological processes are commonly used to describe information processing in cognitive science and share aesthetic convergences with illustrations of quantified work processes and controlled efficiency.

On March 22, during the opening of “Control Flow” at Rutiga Golvet, Condon is joined by Kristoffer Månsson, researcher at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University and Study Director at the Psychiatry Research School of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, and Hannah Proctor, post-doctoral fellow at the ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin where she researches radical psychiatry, brain imaging software, and our understanding of time. The conversation will focus on interdisciplinary research and the theoretical, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of experimental psychology methodologies.

About Brody Condon
Brody Condon’s work often combines modified psychotherapeutic and role-playing techniques to carefully craft “performative game engines” that run unscripted small group encounters which are then documented. Simultaneously fascinated by and skeptical of the over-identification with fantasy inherent in role-play, dissociative disorders, and transpersonal experiences, Condon grounds himself by honing in on the remnants of the participants’ subjective experience that are aesthetically perceivable. His work has been presented at the recent 9th Berlin Biennale and the 8th Momentum Nordic Biennial in Norway; as well as the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands; the New Museum, PS1/MoMA Greater New York; and with collaborator Christine Borland at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and Stroom den Haag.