The Visible Invisible

The Visible Invisible

Sommersemester 2010

 

polarization, mirror, reality, matter

 

»Before scientific methods were known, it was usual to explain phenomena in nature by means of mythological beings: A vast number of gods. Goddesses, demigods, demons, capricious fairies, and so on governed arbitrarily; they were responsible for all phenomena in the forest and field. Statements were clothed in the form of myths, which used metaphors, symbols, poetic images, allegories and parables.«

»These mythological concepts (pictures) of reality have been undermined and replaced by the scientific method. Natural science in particular has fundamentally changed man's conception of reality. Modern physics has become the basis of natural science and it has had strong influence on almost all aspects of human society.« (1)

The work "The Visible Invisible" reflects the artist studies of contemporary philosophical literature on the subject of reality. This results in an experimental installation setup, questioning the possibilities and impossibilities of our “perception” and human senses.

An ordinary overhead-projector projects a white square onto a wall. The projection contains a hidden message invisible to the naked human eye. An backsided mirror reflects the projection scenery, decoding the sentence “Dass es mir – oder allen – so scheint, daraus folgt nicht, dass es so ist” ( quoting Ludwig J. J. Wittgenstein – an Austrian philosopher ).

(1) The Visible and the Invisible, Matter and Mind in Physics, Wolfram Schommers

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