Kingsgate Project Space, NW6
BLISS (Lucy Stein & Simon Bayliss) laid themselves under the
powers of hypnotist Robin Smidowicz within two ancient fogous in West
Cornwall. What happened in these prehistoric subterranean enclosures
cannot be fully understood, much less their stories told. Regression is
the best account we have.
Lucy chose to go down into Boleigh fogou near St Buryan for its
enchanted aura. Simon chose Pendeen fogou, piqued as it is
with antiquarian notoriety as well as an unrelenting stench of slurry.
Within the radon-filled granite chambers of these mysterious Iron Age
structures, the artists ventured hypnotically through intense past-life
experiences. Visions and sensations were roused from the subconscious;
Stein recognises herself as a bearded Roman warrior; Bayliss a tired
Victorian lady. Boundaries of gender, race and class are traversed, and,
as hypnosis deepened the artists gained visual insights into what
happens beyond death.