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Psychic fluids or ectoplasmic materialisations.

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Reference material that contributed to the et al. installations simultaneous invalidations 1-2 exploring the nature of paranormal electrical conductance and ‘psychic fluids’ or ‘ectoplasmic materialisations’. Refer also to; et al. simultaneous invalidations – second attempt 2000-11, and et al. e-p notes a tabloid publication in conjunction with simultaneous invalidation- second attempt, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki 2011.

Many investigators in the past have observed paranormal electrical conductance (Rene Sudre’s Treatise on Parapsychology, contains a chapter on ‘Psychic Fluid’ which summarizes much of the historical matter). The phenomenon was evidently regarded as a mediumistic accomplishment. Eusapia Palladino, for example, could discharge an electroscope by extending her fingers towards it. Other psychic subjects could apparently close electrical circuits containing a battery source of a few volts and even obtained currents up to o.6 ampere. Such effects were almost invariably explained as due to ‘psychic fluids’ or ‘ectoplasmic’ materializations. The paranormal agencies involved were given names such as ‘N-rays’ (Blondlot), or ‘Y-rays’ -(Yourievitch), or ‘Rigid-rays’ (Ochorowics) also W. J. Crawford’s ‘rods’ (3).

Progress in such researches seems to have come to a halt in the 1930’s with the virtual extinction of ‘physical’ mediums, but now that at least weak displays of PK can be induced by sitter-groups without any recognized medium, it seems possible that progress could be made by further experiments. The invariable rule with regard to these psychic structures is that they are as simple as possible consistent with the carrying out of phenomena. They can be divided into two distinct classes:
(1) structures which do not touch the floor of the seance room (at any rate, beyond the immediate vicinity of the medium’s feet) during action upon the experimental table; and (2) structures which touch the floor somewhere.
W.J. Crawford – The psychic structures at the Goligher Circle, 1920.
Further reference materials can be found on this link JOURNAL of the Society for Psychical Research / VOLUME 48 No. 764 June 1975 / PARANORMAL ELECTRICAL CONDUCTANCE PHENOMENA (downloadable PDF)

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trans_cryption working drawings

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ET AL. (2011).  working drawings towards trans_cryption Michael Lett Gallery, 285/2 Great North Road,Auckland.
Refer also to Index III-DYSTOPIA
III trans_cryptions 2011
III de_cryption 2013
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Stasi emergency command centre

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This alternative command post in Machern was built between 1968 and 1972 and was designed for approximately 100 full-time employees of Leipzig Stasi headquarters. In the event of a war they would have moved their activities here from the “Runde Ecke”. For this purpose, all communication connections to the Leipzig headquarters also went here in parallel. But in the case of a nuclear strike the bunker would have provided secure protection against nuclear radiation for only about 12 hours. The entire premises of the emergency command centre was camouflaged outwardly as a holiday complex belonging to a Leipzig water supply and sewage treatment company. The two steel blast doors either end of the entrance tunnel, each leading in to one half of the bunker. Excluding the generator rooms and the water plant, the two halves of the bunker are a mirror image of each other in layout.

The bunker was discovered between 1989/90, largely unknown to the public. The Citizens Committee of Leipzig succeeded in being awarded a 99 years lease over a substantial portion of the 5.2 hectares (12.844 acres) site from the county Wurzen, to preserve this testimony to the past from destruction by conversion. Citizens Committee is a registered association which originated during the Peaceful Revolution and is today the custodian of the “Runde Ecke” Memorial Museum and Stasi Bunker Museum – a unique combination of authentic memorial sites. The primary mission of the Citizens Committee is to keep alive the memory of the socialist dictatorship in its museums and by its political education work. It wants to demonstrate the value of freedom and self-determination as well as the dangers of totalitarian ideologies.

Photographer et al. 2009

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Hohenschönhausen Berlin

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The STASI prison in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen.

After the foundation of the Ministry of State Security the underground prison came under its jurisdiction in March 1951.

Numerous opponents of the communist dictatorship were detained here during the fifties. The list of those
arrested reached from leaders of the uprising of 17 June 1953 to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement.

The prison complex was part of an extensive secret area – no ordinary citizen of the GDR was allowed to enter. Most of the prisoners had tried to flee or emigrate from the GDR or
had been persecuted due to their political views. Physical violence became psychological cruelty – methods and techniques to break the prisoner’s resistance and will. It was prison policy not to inform newcomers of their
exact whereabouts. They were systematically subjected to the feeling of being helpless at the mercy of an almighty authority.

Being completely cut off from the outside world and their fellow prisoners, they were subjected to months of questioning by expert interrogators aimed at
coercing them into making incriminating statements. The peaceful revolution in the autumn of 1989 overthrew the SED dictatorship and resulted in the dissolution of the State Security Service

Following the unification of the two German states, the prison in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen was closed in October 1990.

Former prisoners spoke out in favour of establishing a memorial at the site. In 1992, the
prison complex was listed as a historical monument. The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial Site was established two years later. Since 2000, it has been an independent foundation under public law.
The memorial has been charged with ‘exploring the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, informing about exhibitions, events and publications and inspiring visitors to take a critical look at the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship.

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dead ends, complications and doubts_ Jan Bryant

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Published by West den Haag (2015) on the occasion of the exhibition et al. for the common good.
Translation: Tiny Mulder, Printer: Oranje van Loon, Den Haag, Thanks: Gemeente Den Haag, University of Auckland. Published by: West, Edition: 1000. ISBN: 978—90—79917—49-5, West, Groenewegje 136, 2515 LR Den Haag, the Netherlands

The essay by Jan Bryant was a redacted text of an earlier essay (2010), ‘workers of all countries unite’, In: Critical Remarks on the National Question, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Whaiwhetu. Narrow Gauge Publications, & Gwyn Porter (Eds.), Hong Kong: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Whaiwhetu (2011). Critical Remarks on the National Question is based around the installation that’s obvious! that’s right! that’s true! . 12 leaflets combined as a 200 page volume, and includes essays by Jan Bryant, Jennifer Hay and Jeremy Marshall. Hardcover / 200 pages / 145 x 210 x 23mm

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upright piano realisation #1 SH et al.

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ET AL. & Samuel Holloway (2013) Michael Lett
Original sound composition Samuel Holloway.  Upright piano – a work with unspecified instrumentation by Samuel Holloway et al.
 Performance History:  Upright piano 18 Apr – 25th May 2013 an electronic realisation, Upright piano live realisation by Hermione Johnson 20 Apr 2013;  Upright piano live realisation by Glenda Keam, Michael Lett Gallery, 25 May 2013.
Upright Piano 2013 annotated score, Samuel Holloway et al. 80-95 pages / inscribed cover / limited edition / 2013
Documentary footage by Kathy Ross
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Cordoba N37.888175, E-4.77938
Istanbul N41.00527, E28.97696
Damascus N33.513, E36.292

Cairo N30.04442, E31.23571
Baghdad N33.325, E44.422
Mecca N21.405, E39.816
Kufa N32.033333, E44.40

Medina N24.466669, E39.60
Nishapur N36.214086, E58.79609

Samarra N34.192537, E43.886425
Haditha N34.13972, E42.378056

Ar Raqqa N35.95941, E38.9981
In for the common good Caliphate-Earth reviews historical caliphate sites – defined in Wikipedia as the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 AD) of the Prophet Muhammad. The empire of the Caliphate grew rapidly during its first two centuries to include most of Southwest Asia, North Africa, and Spain.
Google_Caliphate_Earth marks out through models and drawings of actual and envisaged sites. Models of community that seek to improve-upon current social conditions and create communal prototypes.
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charitable acts of exchange

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In many-to-many (2013) altruism, equity and reciprocity are explored through the engagement with processes and rationales of gift-exchange and in this instance the concept of charitable institutions. The 79 International charities (as listed below) were a major component of this installation – AUM through to the World Food Programm. Each charitable organisation (active and inactive) were named on the backs of portable office chairs gathered in an outdoor open public space situated between the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Albert Park. The chairs were purchased by et al. through trade-me from ANZ (North Shore, Auckland) who were also donating the profits to a charitable organisation. In part the installation raises the question of who are the so called good charities and what is good purpose? hence the quote;


Non-profit organisations are listed below with active links provided for current (ie. www. sites active) opportunities for donations and acts of gift exchange: 1. AUM 2. Holy Monk Emperor 3. Supreme Truth 4. Minister of Health 5. Minister of Constitution 6. Minister of Intelligence 7. Minister of Science & Technology 8. Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) 9. International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) 10. Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa Incorporated (ACYA)
11. The Afghanistan Avian and Human Influenza Control and Preparedness Emergency Project 12. The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (Inc) 13. Asian Muslim Action Network (IRCT – AMAN) 14. Benevolence International Foundation 15. Blackwater Alumni Association 16. Bright Hope World 17. The Gloabal Women’s Development Center 18. Child in Need India (CINI) 19. Cluster Munitions Planning Group
20. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) 21. Community Security Trust (CST) 22. Christchurch Earthquake Appeal 23. Cyronics Institute 24. The Deniz Feneri Association 25. Direct Relief International 26. East meets West Foundation / Thrive Network 27. The European Policy Action Centre on Violence against Women (EPACVAW) 28. Falah-e Insaniyat Foundation (Welfare of Humanity Foundation) 29. Foundation for Conscious Evolution (FCE)
30. Free the children 31. Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) 32. The Global March Against Child Labour 33. Half the Sky / One Sky Foundation 34. Hamas Summer Camp (HSC) 35. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development 36. Human Concern International’s Child Sponsorship Program. 37. Human Fertility and Embryology Association (HEFA) 38. Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) Sudan 39. Human Rights Campaign.
40. International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) 41. International Campaign Against Honour Killings (ICAHK) 42. International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims 43. Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation IKWRO44. The Irving Moskowitz Foundation 45. Islamic Resistance Movement 46. Islamic Charitable Society 47. Just a drop 48. Kalandia Camp Womens Handicraft Cooperative 49. Korea Truth Commission (KTC)
50. Kuzhalmannam Education Charitable Trust 51. Lashkar-e-Taiba, ‘Army of the Pure’ 52. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 53. National Centre for Freedom and Renewal (NCFR) 54. National Organisation for Women (NOW) 55. National Organisation of Shelters for Battered Women and their Children 56. NEFA Foundation (Nine/Eleven Finding Answers) 57. The Network of East-West Women / NEWW 58. Operation Blessing (OBI) 59. Operation Murambatsvina (“Operation Clear the Filth”)
60. The Organization for Defending Victims of Violence [ODVV] 61. Take IT Global 62. Oxfam Australia 63. Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre (WI’AM) 64. Project HOPE 65. Red Dust Role Models 66. Social Rehabilitation Home for Protecting Women and Benghazig Home for Juvenile Girls 67. South Dakota State Boot Camp for Girls 68. Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – the National Network of Stopping Violence 69. Tibet Relief Fund
70. Truth and Reconciliation Commission 71. Ummah Welfare Trust 72. Unifem 73. c74. Virtual Border Patrol Deputies 75. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) 76. Voice Of Dalit International (VODI) 77. Forgotten Voices 78. Women’s Refuge New Zealand 79. World Food Program
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upright piano West – realisation #3 SH et al.

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Samuel Holloway et al. upright piano West #3
A new work by Samuel Holloway as component part for the common good West Den Haag, Netherlands. The upright piano score #3 score was amended graphically by et al. for the event.

Improvisation by pianist Andrea Vasi on a customised upright piano West Den Haag, 14.03.2015.
Documentation courtesy West. of the event uploaded to Vimeo @ WEST Den Haag Vimeo.

Samuel Holloway was the 2013 Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago. His work has been performed by prominent artists and ensembles in Asia, Europe and North America, including Klangforum Wien, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Andrea Vasi has performed piano concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky, a.o. under conductor Etienne Siebens. She played in various orchestras and ensembles, also playing the synthesizer and the harpsichord. As a member of the NJO Steve Reich ensemble 2013 (of the NJO), she worked together with Steve Reich and gave a performance at the Lowlands Festival.