Jeremy Shaw (*1977 in Vancouver, lives and works in Berlin) works in a variety of media to explore altered states of consciousness and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often combining and amplifying strategies of vérité filmmaking, conceptual art, music video, esoteric and scientific research, Shaw’s works create a post-documentary space in which disparate belief-systems and histories are thrown into an interpretive limbo.
At the center of Shaw’s first major solo show in Germany are three para-fictional short films: Quickeners (2014), Liminals (2017) and I Can See Forever (2018), the latter of which is making its premiere in Hamburg. This trilogy of thematically entangled works present marginalized societies of the future and their engagement in transcendental activities as potential tools towards evolution. Religious, subcultural and scientific systems of belief and their accompanying ideologies crystalize around the abilities and limitations of the human form while Shaw’s amplified use of aural and visual effects aspires to incite similar phenomenological responses from the viewer.