Fondation Hartung-Bergman



Abraham Poincheval entered a cabin on June 11, 2021 to watch 24/7 a single work by Hans Hartung: T1989-A40. The so-called “Hartung study” performance is in itself an extraordinary artistic event. But it is also a great scientific event that takes place in several phases.
Abraham Poincheval’s brain activity is recorded using an Electroencephalogram (EEG) and 10 electrodes. The apparatus shows the variations in his state of vigilance and distinguishes the phases of wakefulness, sleep, dreaming, contemplation or hallucination. At the same time, the artist notes on the tape recorder his subjective crossings of modified states of consciousness. Thus, the aesthetic experience is coupled with scientific research to analyze, for a week, the parallels between the phenomenology of states of consciousness and the chronobiological outline of Abraham Poincheval’s brain waves in front of Hartung’s painting.
      Thanks to the support of a team of researchers including one of the world’s best sleep specialists, Sylvie Royant-Parola, at the Morphée network, at the Interpsy laboratory of the University of Lorraine of Prof. Thomas Rabeyron, with the patronage of Compumédics, at the coordination of Yves Sarfati who is a psychiatrist and art historian, thanks to many partners who have technically supported this project, a harvest of data will soon be collected.
      On Thursday July 1 at 6 p.m., a first meeting will take place at the Perrotin gallery to discuss the potential of this clinical and electrobiological information. It is then an analysis over a longer period of time that will make it possible to interpret the data collected: research seminars, academic work, publications will bring out new material on perception and consciousness.