Ivana Franke presents Seeing with Eyes Closed in Deutsche Guggenheim

time: 23.03.2012. - 25.03.2012.
place: Berlin, Germany
organiser: Deutsche Guggenheim
Contemporary artist Ivana Franke presents her installation 'Seeing with Eyes Closed' within the symposium on 'Art and Neuroscience' which isset to take place at Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin between 23 and 25 March.

The installation Seeing with Eyes Closed concerns the visual experience of flowing images induced by stroboscopic light behind closed eyes. Being aware that the seen images have no foundation in external reality, one experiences them as hallucinatory. This ‘conscious quasi-hallucinating’ challenges our sense of the real in its alternation and its permeability with the imaginary.

Each person’s experience differs from that of others, and each ascribes different dimensions to the perceived space in constant transformation. Communicating the content of this ephemeral flux of unpredictable percepts stretches the limits of acquiring a subjective report to extremes, and challenges the scientific aspiration to precisely measure the timing of conscious phenomena.

With the unpredictability of visual responses to light stimuli, participation in the art installation raises the question of subjectivity and authorship. The final “work” happens in our body and depends on our experience as well as on the boundary between the public and intimate space.

(D.H., 22.03.2012)