The Georgetown Gallery

Noxious Sector

Nightmare Inductions

Interactive installations by Noxious Sector Arts Collective

January 16 - April 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 5 - 9 pm

CoCA is pleased to present Nightmare Inductions, a series of interactive installations by the arts collective Noxious Sector. With the aid of brain wave entraining sound and video, participants are guided through a shared trance induction experience. Each experience focuses on a common nightmare theme. Three separate themes are offered in three induction areas: Dreams of Falling; Dreams of Teeth; and Noxious Sector's most recent creation, Forgetting.

Included in each installation are artworks by Noxious Sector, and imagery created by past collaborators in response to the experiences. These are offered as aids to willing participants, as well as further meditations on each theme.

Noxious Sector Arts Collective intends Nightmare Inductions to "challenge the imaginative willingness of the audience while exploring the creative possibilities for induction-based artworks. We think of induction as a second-order thought experiment—not simply an idea contemplated passively in one's own mind, but an experience implanted by visualization and self-hypnosis techniques." This series of artworks is also an opportunity for audiences to gain a broader general understanding of the capacities and vulnerabilities of the human mind.

Noxious Sector is an ongoing collaboration among Canadian artists Jackson 2bears, Ted Hiebert (currently based in Seattle), and Doug Jarvis. Their projects are dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal, and the absurd. Their work attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse. Their particular focus is on challenging the boundaries between the imaginary and the everyday, and building from stories of strange science and the paranormal from which to wonder about the creative possibilities of speculative living. More on Noxious Sector: