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DAY – TO – D A I M O N I C
June 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come and experience the DAIMONIC side of the human condition.
Forbidden by society…
Behind the locked doors of your subconscious…
Beneath the floorboards of day-to-day experience…
Below the trapdoor…
DAY – TO – D A I M O N I C is an immersive, transgressive and playful experience. Step inside a surreal dreamscape, exploring the clash between our primal subconscious and the rational repression of civilised tradition. It reanimates history, shaking off the venerated dust and revealing the raw irrational force of unbridled human nature. Visceral, exciting, bizarre and ironic – we explore the moment caught between fulfilment and repression, between impulse and logic. An unconscious moment repeated over and over, day-to day, trapped in a cyclical struggle.
The daimonic is described as a primal driving force that comes out of our essential human nature. It has been deep within the human psyche from the time that Homo Sapiens first began settling in groups and forming their own societies. Throughout the rise and fall of civilisations, across thousands of generations, human nature has remained more or less the same. We still have the same needs, desires, faults, and societal problems. The daimonic is a biological, psychological and spiritual drive which compels us to fulfil every part of our universal human nature and fully experience life in all its mystery.
During humanity’s time on Earth the societies we have formed have taken many different shapes and forms. They have all had their strengths and weaknesses in respect to allowing our core humanity to flourish. The customs and morals of society set out the way we live our life. We are taught from birth a rational framework of how we should experience life, and what our purpose is. However, this rigid logical version of existence is only an ideology, a pragmatic fiction.
Many people in society feel detached and unsatisfied with the lives they find themselves in. A large number of people struggle with personal identity, and even depression. Is this linked to society disrupting the natural development of our innate human nature? Strictly defined societal constructs, such as the 9-5 working routine and even the notion of marriage, suffocate our experience of life.
Sexuality within society is a typical example of how our essential experiences are restricted by narrow ideology. The heavily romanticised conventional Hollywood version of love and sexuality is idolised around the world. However, this simplistic impossible ideal completely represses our raw sexuality.
DAY – TO – D A I M O N I C explores the idea that we are missing out on true experience due to the societies we find ourselves in. It playfully investigates the irony that our true irrational subconscious selves have been repressed day-to-day for generations. Consider the life of your great-grandmother: women in the 19th century had the same human urges that drive us all, but were not free to experience and develop themselves fully. We are still struggling to come to terms with our own nature: we are passionate creatures, motivated and driven by primitive, irrational forces operating just below the surface of civilisation and rationality.
The Island Gallery
28TH AND 29TH JUNE 2018
BETWEEN 7PM – 9PM
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Not for the faint-hearted…
Don’t bring your Mum!!
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