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Dec 3, 2011 6:00 PM

Windows on Madison - Blind Spots

Presentation of the winning project for Windows on Madison by Tereza Severova.

The set of photographs called Blind Spots (Slepé skvrny) is intended as an installation in public space, which changes its form and meaning as it is installed in a natural environment. Windows are an architectural element which can be seen as an intersection between exterior and interior, between private and public space or as an intermediary of another dimension of the world. Manipulated photographs that are to be placed in window frames promote this dialogue and raise it onto the level of communication with passers-by. Common traffic participants become viewers taking part in the game with their own perception.

They are called on to ask fundamental questions concerning the perception of reality and truth.

A blind spot is a place on the retina where the optic nerve enters the eyeball where it is not distributed into fine nerve fibers containing light sensitive elements. It is a place in the eye lacking photoreceptor cells. It was first described in 1668 by a French physicist Edme Mariotte. As a result of this native predisposition, every human has a part in the visual field through which they cannot see. It is a phenomenon that is not normally noticeable, since the brain of the observer "fills in" the blind spot.

In the world today, we face the everyday flow of factual and visual information carrying a seal of authentic reality. We have grown accustomed to perceive these images as a specific part of our world. But do we understand the fact that not everything is real, although it seems so?

Are we capable of a critical look at the world around us? Are we observers who are sensitive to all layers of our reality, or art?

It proves that "seeing itself is invisible" and we, the seeing ones, cannot see "what seeing is" (Mitchell). In other words we find that visual experience is deeply conditioned by codes or formal etiquettes of the culture it has arisen from. Therefore, the question arises whether cultures as specific forms of life sharing certain modes of perception would be able to create means for stepping over its own boundaries (of seeing). Mgr. Ondřej Dadejík, Mgr. Martin Kaplický - Aesthetic (and) visual experience.

Maybe our perception includes some kind of blind spots we are not aware of...


About the Public Space Art Project Windows on Madison
The Czech Center prepared a series of exhibitions by contemporary Czech and international artists that will be presented on the windows of the building at 1109-1111 on Madison Avenue where the permanent mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York is located.
The aim of the project is to address the broad public that walks by on this luxurious avenue and to use this space for a dialogue of artists with the public.
Artists will create their works specifically for this outdoor space. They will deal with social, economic, environmental, historic and cultural themes that are common for people all around today’s globalized world. The exhibitions will alter after approximately three months and introduce various attitudes of public art to current wide-reaching challenges.

Prezentation will take place during the opening of the exhibition PRAGUE LOST AND FOUND


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Dec 3, 2011 6:00 PM


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