Pissing On The Fabric Of A Civil Society (Gideon Osbourne)

Last updated on May 7, 2015

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Todays detour starts at the setting up of the unfunfair at beaconsfield gallery in lambeth, an intervention in the large arch space, a test bed, and a quick show of this years studio works

Franz Anton Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815) sometimes incorrectly referred to as Friedrich Anton Mesmer, was a German physician with an interest in astronomy, who theorised that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects that he called magnétisme animal (animal magnetism)[1] and other spiritual forces often grouped together as mesmerism. Mesmerism is considered to be a form of vitalism and shares features with other vitalist theories that also emphasize the movement of life “energy” through distinct channels in the body. In 1843 James Braid, a Scottish physician proposed the term hypnosis for a technique derived from magnetism but more limited in its claimed effects, and also different in its conception. Mesmer’s name is the root of the English verb “mesmerize“.

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