Kάθεξις (cathexis)


"Cathexis" is the first chapter of the trilogy "Delusional Parasitosis" and the first exhibition by L9. It offers an outlook on the complexity around human emotions and behavior, from a toxic or viral perspective.

Medium: Mixed media, variable installation including a series of casted sculptures, various video pieces, a manifesto text, and an audiovisual poem constructed with the top-5 Britney Spears heartbreaking songs.

Dimensions: Measurements variable.


To fall, drop down, descend, go down, sink, fall down, fall over, collapse, fall back, decrease, decline, fall off, drop off, crash, deteriorate, degenerate, surrender, submit, give up, succumb, be overthrown by, be defeated by, fall victim to, fall into depression, go downhill, decay, fade, fall from a cliff, be killed, kill yourself, die.

Are we emotionally indoctrinated?

Falling in love as a metaphor highlights that the process, like the physical act of falling due to gravity, is abrupt, uncontrollable, and leaves the lover in a vulnerable state, similar to "falling ill" or "falling into a trap". From such a perspective, it seems like we are cursed and predestined to fail.

As an omnipresent phenomenon, love possesses the capacity to hack its way into every possible crack. It has its own will as an embodiment of control, hijacking the possessor. It is personal, public, political, and powerful.

Across popular culture and language, the definition of love has been distorted into a banal and meaningless concept, beyond recognition to a state of dissolution. It sits on a pedestal made of thick layers of archaic and modern archetypes that arbitrarily gamble with our fate to flourish or demolish.

"Cathexis" derives from the Greek word κάθεξις and is translated as holding, retention, possession, and retentive power. "Cathexis is the concentration of mental energy on one particular person, idea, or object (especially to an unhealthy degree)" – Google search.

 Curated by L9 (Cruz and Nanna K Jensen) 

At Omni, Copenhagen, © 2020


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