Audrey Cottin








O.perating T.heatre

In Antiquity, an operating theatre was a non-sterilized amphitheater where students and curious spectators could observe doctors work on chirurgical procedures. Nowadays, communication technologies allow doctors and scientists anywhere in the world to conduct operations from afar –including to astronauts in space missions. This is called e-health or telemedicine, and this was the starting point for Audrey Cottin’s Operating Theatre (O.T.), a series of performances organized in three episodes, each on a different date, and involving live video stream transmissions into an atrium gallery space cum amphitheater.

In O.T., you can be someone in the audience. Your body will be laid in the atrium observing a wide screen suspended from the ceiling, where two distinct albeit simultaneous visual and sound narratives will be projected. You will be asked to think or not to think. These double narratives will help you establish your own mental associations. Your brain will be a catalyzer of those stories. Possibly only one narrative will emerge from this experience, permitting scientists to establish neurological diagnosis from images drawn through an fMRI scanner. The first episode of O.T. ends. You will never have felt as special before, a result of amplified free-association.


For this bloc at A.pass, I would like to keep investigating on ”Thought Identification” within Neuroscience departments from ULB Neuroscience Institute, U Antwerp and U Gent. According to the diverse specialties of each laboratory certainly only one of them will remain a main collaborator. Via A.pass partners in Berlin in transit (Berlin) or Tanzfabrik (Berlin), I would like to encounter Dr. John-Dylan Haynes (Director of Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging) and his laboratory team from the Berlin Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience. According to A.pass participants and neuroscience departments O.perating T.heatre will define itself.



Already as a child, Audrey seemed to know what was right and what was wrong. Energetic and of a strong independent mind she quickly realized that she could consciously trust her impulsiveness. And it was in fact with a quick-decision in her early twenties that she allowed a very important person to enter her life, a person that managed to completely change her way of thinking and living. From that moment on Audrey’s life gained a great sense of determination. She was now sure that there was something more to life, her sense of Intuition heightened. Her imagination could now flow into whatever artistic concern she could be curious about, with no fear of excess. She couldn’t lose herself in too much fantasy anyway. Her mind was confident, even too confident sometimes, and she surrounded herself with people who loved her or couldn’t help having a strong sympathy for her. All along her adult life she received protection from others which tamed her tendencies toward excessive self-absorption. Her sentimental life has been full of affections at large. Her vivid personality and her sense of identification with her work made people and love and friends and projects spin around as if on a dj’s turntable. When her work finally started to pay back, her wealth came to no one’s surprise as she always had a certain smell for business. Only the sudden death of her partner marked a truly sad moment in her life which caused her health to quickly decline. She ended her days comfortably amongst the warmth of her friends.
This is Audrey Cottin by palmist Valentina Desiredi.




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