March 23 – April 1 2017: Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London UK
SightUnseenresponds to the current instability of visual perception – in which the ocular has cometo govern all other means of knowing, yet is simultaneously violently undermined by the proliferatingregimes of simulation, virtuality and visualisation, which rest on the eye's capability and dominion.The exhibition probes the broader philosophical and experiential vocabularies that have alwaysexisted around sight and sightlessness (denoting for example the realm of the imagination, thesceptical attitude, or profound spiritual understanding), to find ways of opening up new avenues forartistic experimentation and questioning.
If we exist in a binary between, on the one hand, the frenzied compulsion to be seen and, on theother, the profound anxiety that it is impossible to be invisible, how can we break this up to createnew ways of knowing – and with them new futures?
SightUnseenis curated by Christina Mamakos and features Åsa Johannesson, Janina Lange, ChristinaMamakos and Bridget Smith. It will be accompanied by a publication edited by the artists withPauline van Mourik Broekman.
SightUnseen is funded by TECHNE/AHRC and hosted by the Royal College of Art, where it will be onview at the Dyson Gallery from 23 March – 1 April 2017