Post-Contingent Coherence

The 20th century has been characterized for its tendency to deal with certain illnesses as kinds of dementias and psychological ailments. One of the most representative examples is the 28th president of the US, Woodrow Wilson. In 1919 he suffered a brain stroke which provoked him anosognosia.This manifestation produces the negation of other kind of pathologies that the patient has. Wilson denied he had left paralysis and he was incapacited to defend the Versalles Treaty. His functions as president could have continued without any problem, so his intellectual capacity was not damaged.

What has been considered as a demented manifestation in the past, currently, with the rise of cognitive sciences and neurosciences may be the best way to understand certain common patterns in human behaviour.

A relevant aspect of anosognosia is to understand that we use details and rationality to cope with day-to-day stress. Any person can be coonsidered as anosognosic in a certain degree, in the way in which we deny specific parts of our reality to face it. Post-Contingent Coherence emphasises the coherency that the vestibular system provokes in human behaviour processes.

Post-Contingrnt Coherence shows a pianist performing Nocturne Op.55, No. 1 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin. The pianist suffers anosognosia, and the viewer´s perception changes according to the perspective of the camera, and also to what the audience hears from the instrument - an overlap of different melodic realities. In this artwork the first and third person perspectives are underscored to explore the self-model notion coined by Thomas Metzinger in regards to confabulations derived from the lack of feedback from the paralyzed left side of the body. In Post-Contingent Coherence, through images and sound, we can see different self-models interacting as distinct realities happening at once.

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