Jeremy Shaw – Phase Shifting Index

Frankfurter Kunstverein
25th of September 2020 – 24th of January 2021


Jeremy Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that seek to map transcendental experiences. He is interested in the human desire to see things not only in a purely cognitive and quantifying way, but to approach the world in a more comprehensive way – beyond the limits of what can be experienced through reason.

Phase Shifting Index was created as a narrative anticipation of future social developments and fictions of possible future scenarios of humanity in the post-human age. The visual material of the seven-channel film, sound and light installation was shot by Shaw in the aesthetics of past recording technologies. People from different eras dance, perform ritual and cathartic movement sequences until a synchronous explosion of color and sound triggers the breakthrough into an unexpected digital transformation, synchronizing everything into a parallel experience of reality. A feeling of the suspension of time is created.


Voice Over: Peter Becker

Photo © Timo Ohler