CAM in Motion: Jane & Louise Wilson

Hypnotic Suggestion, 1993

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Jardim Gulbenkian
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From September until January, a shipping container located in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's garden will play host to a cycle of films from the CAM Collection, which is divided into three different parts.

In a shipping container installed in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s garden, you can view “Hypnotic Suggestion” (1993) by Jane and Louise Wilson. “Hypnotic Suggestion” is also the name of a photographic series and an installation by Jane and Louise Wilson, designed to be presented together. In the film, the two artists are hypnotised, first in English and in Portuguese immediately afterwards (a language that neither understand), on a stage to evoke the setting of a theatre or cinema. The hypnotist asks them to make gestures to which they respond, according to the instructions. The movements of the twin sisters are almost completely synchronised.

Curator: Leonor Nazaré


Cycle of films: Is space real? 

The experience and instinctive interpretation of the spaces that each of us develops – spaces we inhabit, pass through or visit – is far less objective than we might first think: it results from a point of view and an inner disposition and purpose. The three moments of this cycle of films from the CAM Collection take us from real spaces in the Foundation, seen with a new and unexpected look, to spaces of assumed reverie and strangeness, through ways of fictionalising and narrating immersion in a natural space.

  • Spaces in the Foundation: The first part of this cycle takes us directly to spaces in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as the films were made there, and have been acquired in recent years. Films: I gave my love a cherry that had no stone (2016) by Emily Wardill and Piso Térreo (2006) by Filipa César.
  • Fictional approaches to nature: The second part of this cycle includes two films that relate to fictional approaches to nature. Films: Surrendering after Hamish (2004) by Bruno Pacheco and Golden Dawn (2011) by Salomé Lamas.
  • The parallel worlds of the unconscious: The third part of this cycle includes two films that mark the reveries or parallel worlds that exist as we move form the conscious to the unconscious. Films: Hereditas (2006) by Vasco Araújo and Hypnotic Suggestion (1993) by Jane e Louise Wilson.



CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings.

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