Daniel SHANKEN

— Common Descent (2015 / 11m30s / DV)
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Daniel Shanken

Daniel Shanken is a Hungarian artist from Los Angeles, CA, living and working in London, UK. After receiving his BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, he completed his MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2012. Recent work has been shown at 17 Gallery, London; The Dye House, Peckham; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; and Lodge Park National Trust. His work moves between mediums and is primarily time-based.

Common Descent
(2015 / 11m30s / DV)

By examining hidden reptilian systems that unconsciously dictate basic states of subjective production, Common Descent attempts to surface what normally occurs in our brain without our knowledge. Through language patterns, psychedelic visual triggers, and a selection of hosts guiding the viewer through primal forms of communication, a non-dialectical version of reality emerges—one that relies on confusion and disjunction rather than linear displays of concrete information.