3. Stuart and the Daimonion – at Trondhjem Kunstforening 2017

Trondhjem Kunstforening 05.10 – 05.11. 2017

The Effect is the Shadow of the Cause”

Trondhjem Kunstforening – opening Thursday 5th October at 7 PM.

Roddy Bell´s project “The Effect is the Shadow of the Cause is a visual exploration into cause and effect, and how a dislocation of our rational understanding of  a cause and effect event might open for us new areas of speculation. In the exhibition he presents two works of installation for camera, and a site specific sound installation, where the relationship between cause and effect is disrupted. The sound installation has been made specifically for Trondhjems Kunstforening, and is entitled “Stuart and the Daimonion”. Here video projection, diverse materials and sound in the form of a dialogue between a young male voice and his “daimonion” – a ventriloquist dummy,argue in a Beckettian manner, while waiting for “something” to happen.


In Plato’s Apology of Socrates, Socrates claimed to have a daimonion (literally, a “divine something”)  that frequently warned him—in the form of a “voice” against mistakes but never told him what to do.

 Socrates ‘ daimonion, that numinous “presence” restraining him from error, is prominently featured in Plato’s Apology and plays an important role in several other dialogues. Socrates speaks of it often. It was, he reports, a constant feature of his life. It may also have caused his death because, as we read in the Euthyphro, he talked about the daimon so often that he aroused suspicion and resentment-and was finally indicted for impiety (Euthyphro, 1.b).

It may seem a bit scandalous that the patron saint of reason in the western tradition was a daimon-haunted personality.

 THE DAIMON IN THE EUTHYDEMUSI Carl Levenson ,Idaho State University