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external Exhibitions 2011

Aug. 21st–Oct. 16th, 2011

Vision. Seeing

A ZKM exhibition in the context of
»pèlerinages. Kunstfest Weimar«
Neues Museum Weimar

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The theme of the exhibition at the Neue Museum Weimar is seeing vision. Works and installations by international artists are the outcome of a boundary–merging fusion of art, technology and science which subjects our visual perception to experiencing in new and unfamiliar ways. The focus on the perception of perception initiates a process of knowledge extending beyond the reflection on the optical sensorium.

Over the course of evolution, human beings and animals have developed eyes which are adjusted such as to be capable of absorbing a small area of electromagnetic radiation emanating from the sun and, in interaction with the brain, to convert it into conceptual information about the environment. The eye is the evolutionary answer to the sun. The invention of photography led to a technization of seeing – from which point on visual perception and technology became inseparably joined. Against the background of increasing knowledge in the fields of physics and optics, the end of the nineteenth century witnessed an interdisciplinary encounter between art and science.

Thus, the impressionists and pointillists drew on contemporary theories of color and color perception. The reciprocal influence of studies in motion and Futurism as well as Cubism became an exciting chapter in the history of the arts. Knowledge evolved in neuro– and cognitive sciences in connection with new technologies and led to entirely new theories of perception, to entirely new views about seeing and to entirely new visual experiments in art.
Vision. Seeing provides both a fascinating and detailed insight into the historical treatment of visual perception in art and science in the twentieth and twenty–first centuries.

Curators: Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin

The exhibition Vision. Seeing is a cooperation between
Kunstfest Weimar and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Participating artists:
Giovanni Anselmo, Alberto Biasi, Ecke Bonk, Daniel Canogar, Piero Fogliati, Carsten Höller, Dieter Jung, Olga Kisseleva, Kilian Kretschmer, Mischa Kuball, Labor für kognitive Neurophysiologie / HfG Karlsruhe, Bernd Lintermann, OpenEndedGroup mit Wayne McGregor, Jun Park, Quantum Cinema, Max Retzlaff / Alex Wenger, Axel Roch, Alfons Schilling, Ruth Schnell, Pipo Tafel, James Turrell, Steina Vasulka, Mark Wallinger

Ausstellungsansicht »Vision. Das Sehen«
Quantum-Cinema, Jenseits des Sichtbaren, 2010/11
© Quantum-Cinema
Foto: Maik Schuck, Weimar

Piero Fogliati, Prisma meccanico, 1967
Sammlung VAF-Stiftung/MART
© Piero Fogliati
Foto: Archiv VAF-Stiftung

Ausstellungsansicht »Vision. Das Sehen«
Pipo Tafel, Shadowing, 2011
© Pipo Tafel
Foto: Maik Schuck, Weimar

Kilian Kretschmer, Blindgänger, 2010
© Kilian Kretschmer, Foto : Kilian Kretschmer

Jun Park, I did not choose me, 2010
© Jun Park, Foto: Jun Park


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