Power of Mind 3, Dissociative Defense
2006In May 2006 the European Council (ECRI) published their third report on human rights in Denmark.
Although the content was generally undisclosed, the Danish government began planning to discredit the report four weeks before it was made public. Immediately after the publication of the 86 page long report, the government released a 13 pages long communication questioning the validity of the report by pointing out minor inaccuracies. Thus the government succeeded in directing the primary focus of the public away from the main issues identified in the report.
To all the critical points in the report, the response from the Danish Prime Minister - Anders Fogh Rasmussen - was;” A report which claims that Denmark treats its minorities badly belongs in the dustbin.”
Dissociation is a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. During the period of time when a person is dissociating, certain information is not associated with other information as it normally would be.
Power of Mind 3 / Dissociative Defense was produced for the ”Digital Bodies” exhibition at Reutens Gallery, Amsterdam and the “On the Edge” exhibition at Århus Kunstbygning in Denmark. The Amsterdam exhibition was curated by Geert Dekkers. The Danish exhibition was curated by Annette Damgaard.
Power of Mind 3 was part of the "Repair" exhibition at Ars Electronica 2010.
You can read the full report on Denmark on the website of the European Council.
The project was supported by:The Danish Arts Council.
The Amsterdam exhibition was sponsored by the Danish Arts Council's Committee for International Visual Art.
The exhibition at Ars Electronica 2010 was supported by the Danish Arts Council