Zoe Beloff’s intensely original work investigates the unconscious processes of the mind and the possibility of graphically recording mental states. Her complex, innovative films and installations can be interpreted as an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imagined, in which the artist acts as a kind of medium, questioning the artistic validity of separating truth and fiction. Beloff will discuss several projects, including The Influencing Machine of Miss Natalija A.; The Somnambulists, which examines the relationship between hysteria and theater; and her current exhibition at the Coney Island Museum, Dreamland: The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle 1926–1972, which takes as its point of departure Sigmund Freud’s visit to the Coney Island amusement park a century ago. The artist will also screen a selection of “Dream Films” from the exhibition.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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