23 March 2017 to 1 April 2017 | 10am 6pm
Battersea, Dyson Building
SightUnseen responds to the current instability of visual perception – in which the ocular has come to govern all other means of knowing, yet is simultaneously violently undermined by the proliferating regimes 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 always existed around sight and sightlessness (denoting for example the realm of the imagination, the sceptical attitude, or profound spiritual understanding), to find ways of opening up new avenues for artistic experimentation and questioning.
If we exist in a binary between, on the one hand, the frenzied compulsion to be seen and, on the other, the profound anxiety that it is impossible to be invisible, how can we break this up to create new ways of knowing – and with them new futures?
SightUnseen is curated by Christina Mamakos and features Åsa Johannesson, Janina Lange,Christina Mamakos and Bridget Smith. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication edited by the artists with Pauline van Mourik Broekman and designed by Daniel Clark, with contributions selected from open submission. Contributors: Zoe Childerly, Laura Copsey, Grace Crannis, Anna Dakin, Kate Fahey, Adam Glibbery, Sara Hibbert, Youngho Jeong, Evanthia Kalogiropoulou, Letitia Kamayi, Deborah Kent, Hyun Kim, Robin Kirsten, Clair Le Couteur, Liz Murray, Matthew Robertson, Mark Selby, Anna Skladman, Jazbo von Magius Gross, Sam Williams.
SightUnseen is funded by TECHNE/AHRC and hosted by the Royal College of Art.
Private View: Thursday 23 March, 6–8.30pm