The Cyclist and the Mushroom

The Cyclist and the Mushroom is a sound installation based on the meeting between a cyclist

and a car and explores the different worlds inhabited by both at the moment of impact. It takes

as its points of reference the writings of Terence McKenna, and in particular his interest in the

meetings of different worlds through his experimentation with the hallucinogen DMT, and of

the English geneticist J.B.S. Haldane, who acknowledged that ‘the universe is not only queerer

than we suppose but queerer than we can suppose’. The worlds in question are the singleminded

world of the cyclist, the distractedness in the cabin of the car, and the police report

that attempts to make sense of it all, much in the way road markings attempt to bring order to

the chaos and keep these worlds apart while also allowing them to work in conjunction with

each other.

The sound installation revolves around a sonic roundabout and includes a text that

visitors are invited to print out, incorporating into this circular procession the printer’s own

circular, but fatally distracted sonic route; bringing the production of text into potential

collision with other ‘queer universes’.

The work includes a performative activation of the installation which is based on

writers’ written anecdotes, taken from the internet, on how they write, as well as Hindu

numerology and the particular numerological time structure of the virtual environment of the

computer game interjected by other concerns about words and texts.

The stage for the talk was provided by the physical space of the artists’ installation shown in

the exhibition into whose soundtrack the talk was embedded, borrowing the installation’s

pace and circularity.

Computer, two speakers, printer.

Nietzsche, Cyclists and Mushrooms at the Kunstraum Riehen 23 May – 28 June 2015.

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