Hypnosis in a museum, an art center or a gallery


Photo: Wolfgang Laib, “Hazelnut Pollen” at MoMA

I practice hypnosis alone or in individual sessions in the contemporary art scene, under the influence of the works or just surrounded by them, whether paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, installations …
In my opinion hypnosis and art complement each other in many levels. I develop some of those levels in other articles, to devote this piece to the question of a location which is totally dedicated to art.


The audience that walks through these places usually wonders, at least once, about the bench (or seat work?), the humidifier (humidifier or work of art?), a student of Fine Arts drawing in a particular position (work, or performance task?), a bee resting on the wall (an art piece, or is it an insect that has gone in through the window?) and moves around with caution and respect (or fear) to take a bee for an artwork or interrupt a site specific performance. Imagine a woman sitting or standing, with her eyes open or closed, one hand in the air, swaying slightly, for over a quarter of an hour, before an art work or in a place in the middle of a room, it could be one of those artists who would be foolish to disturb. The museum or art center are places where I feel at home and where I won’t be bothered, only very rarely. Similarly, when I do a session, the scene is the same.Tino Seghal did me a great service!

The artwork raises questions. The hypnotic state does also. the “work” requires another look. The hypnotic state as well. The “work” opens doors to other possibilities… so imagine the two combined!


I also notice, if I take the example of an exhibition at a major institution (which opens to the general public), the simple fact of being looked at (or both of us being looked at, when I practice on someone) a mild trance, facing the inside of a dome by Anish Kapoor, a large blue painting by Yves Klein, the blur of a Richter, a Calder mobile … not only raises questions (discreetly, without taking action), but also allows us to focus on the “work” differently, in a way that probably would not have been considered without the self-permission given by the act of observing the way someone who looks comfortable does. When I walk away, I often realize that a person is placing themselves exactly in the place where I previously stood.
Because there are things to se in the work, of course, but also outside it, within oneself, with the world as a mirror.
Marie Lisel

Posted by marielisel29 décembre 2015. Link originally in French by clicking here.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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