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hecker - Speculative Solution
**Embossed, deluxe box with bilingual (English/French) 160 page book and 5 metal balls (ø 3,969mm)** Presented by Editions Mego and commissioned by the UK's Urbanomic organization, 'Speculative Solution' brings together Hecker's sonic practice and psychoacoustic experimentation with philosopher Quentin Meillassoux's concept of 'Hyperchaos' - the absolute contingency of the laws of nature. The project comprises a CD with four compositions by Hecker, and a 160-page book with essays by the artist, plus Elie Ayache, Robin Mackay and Quentin Meillassoux. With 'Speculative Solution' Hecker proposes that the concepts of absolute contingency and hyperchaos offer a rigorous new alternative to the employment of chance and randomness in avant-garde composition. The four pieces, ranging in length from 32 minutes to 3 minutes, contain a series of "micro-chronics and sequences of auditory contingencies, ranging from extreme stasis to the most dynamic intensities, crisp dramatisations of what Meillassoux calls in his text 'extro-science worlds'". We can safely say that this is some freaky sh*t, indeed. I failed to heed the advice given, that "Headphone use is not advised" and duly ended up with watering eyes and feeling acutely nauseous by the end of the first track. But, that's not to say it wasn't a pleasurable experience, it was just intensely visceral, kind of like a consensual domination, or a synaesthetic ear f*ck. Entering this psychoacoustic 3D environment you're submitting yourself to a uniquely heightened sensory experience. "This sensation that you are in a world where there can be no physics, but only a chronics, of things" (Quentin Meillassoux in conversation with Florian Hecker and Robin Mackay, Paris, 22.07.2010).