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exhibition

Seeing without a Seer

In the context of an ongoing research programme the art cooperative Radical Reversibility organises in collaboration with Looiersgracht 60, the exhibition and symposium Seeing without a Seer. The programme explores alternative ways of looking, thinking and image-making that evade the central position of the viewer. Seeing without a Seer is set up as a cooperative, imaginative and speculative exercise to grasp what is at stake in the act of seeing. In this (post)digital era new imaging technologies call the very concept of ‘being human’ into question. In which ways will ‘machine vision’ influence our worldview? What is ‘seeing’ and where is it located? Can we imagine how nonhumans like plants, stones or bacteria ‘see’ their surroundings? Since the Renaissance, human visual perception has been transformed into an allencompassing mathematical structure based on the laws of optics and Euclidean geometry. The development of linear perspective established a clear distinction between viewer and viewed, each situated on opposite sides of the ‘picture plane’. This seemingly objective system of representation also constituted the technological origin of lens-based devices such as photography and film cameras.

As an alternative to this model of representation, the exhibition embraces the concept of ‘seeing without a seer’ developed by the Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945). “This idea describes a ‘place of nothingness’ which envelops not only the object seen, but also the seeing action and that in which both are established. ‘Seeing’ is not a subject’s act defined in opposition to an object, but is an event prior to the distinction between the two.” * Seeing without a Seer presents artistic strategies that playfully challenge visual representation in our post-digital era. Delving into the barely visible and the microscopic the participating artists introduce alternative concepts of seeing: polyperspectives, machine vision, a self-seeing world, or vision attributed to nonhuman agents. They attempt to reverse the construct of anthropocentric vision, aiming at a radical expansion, if not the full reformation, of our habitual ways of seeing.

Participating artists:
Marjolijn Dijkman (NL) & Toril Johannessen (NO), Anouk De Clercq (BE) & Tom Callemin (BE), August Strindberg (revisited by RR), Juuso Noronkoski (FI), Taisuke Koyama (JP), Tuula Närhinen (FI), Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen (FR/NL), Hans Gremmen (NL), Martine Stig (NL).
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Radical Reversibility
Radical Reversibility (RR) is a practice and research-based arts platform interested in the interplay between image, gaze and perception. 

from

20 September 2018

untill

30 September 2018

location

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

[summary]

showing

In This Program

Radiance of Sensible HeatSema Bekirovic2016

Radiance of Sensible Heat, Sema Bekirovic, 2016

Radical Reversibility

16 September 2021 - 3 October 2021

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (Wed-Sun 12-8PM)

The exhibition From Seeing to Acting invites us to (re)consider the mutual relationships between seeing and acting. 

Visual case study by Sjoerd van Oevelen2018

Visual case study by Sjoerd van Oevelen, 2018

Radical Reversibility

21 September 2018 - 21 September 2018

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

In the context of an ongoing research programme the art cooperative Radical Reversibility organizes, in collaboration with Looiersgracht 60, the exhibition and symposium Seeing without a Seer.

Radical Reversibility

29 September 2018 - 29 September 2018

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Masterclass Seeing without a Seer with honours programme Artez and Master Insitute St. Joost.

events

Other Radical Events

Yoichi Kamimura

3 October 2021 4:30 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Ecotherapy

performance

Ecotherapy is a sound performance by the artist Yoichi Kamimura, whose installation Phantom Power is part of From Seeing to Acting.

Julian Ross

3 October 2021 1:30 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam.

Sunday 3 October the exhibition will close with a film program curated by Julian Ross (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)).

Ilse van Rijn

2 October 2021 4:00 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Performative lecture 'Fire, or how to get rid of those embarrassing graphic markers’ by Ilse van Rijn. On living/writing with a more-than-human world. Followed by a conversation with Ilse van Rijn and Martine Stig about their collaboration and respective works ‘Fire’ and 'The Reflection of the Man'.

Frank Bloem

1 October 2021 5:00 pm

Looiersgracht 60

Artist talk + Q&A by olfactory artist Frank Bloem and ‘On Representation and Polyphony of the North Sea’, a presentation by Harpo ‘t Hart, The Embassy of the North Sea.

Mustapha Azeroual

26 September 2021 2:00 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Artist talk + Q&A by artist Mustapha Azeroual about his Echo and Radiance series, in which he explores the materiality and conditions of light through experimental photography and sculpture.

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen

26 September 2021 3:00 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Artist talk by Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen about their current (visual) research about what seeing can mean for our relation with the environment.

Murat Yildiz

16 September 2021 - 24 September 2021

Looiersgracht 60 (Wed-Sun 12-6PM)

Non-Eye Centric Drawings - performative part. Artist Murat Yildiz will draw live in the exhibition space.

Radiance of Sensible HeatSema Bekirovic2016

Radiance of Sensible Heat, Sema Bekirovic, 2016

Radical Reversibility

16 September 2021 - 3 October 2021

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (Wed-Sun 12-8PM)

The exhibition From Seeing to Acting invites us to (re)consider the mutual relationships between seeing and acting. 

Seeing Without a Seerradicalreversibility2018

Seeing Without a Seer, radicalreversibility, 2018

30 September 2018 - 30 September 2018

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The art cooperative Radical Reversibility and Looiersgracht 60 cordially invite you to the finissage of the exhibition Seeing without a Seer this Sunday 30 September at 14 h. For this occasion Radical Reversibility (RR) has invited two highly original authors, Peter Delpeut and Taco Hidde Bakker …

Radical Reversibility

29 September 2018 - 29 September 2018

Lecture by Agnieszka Wolodzko about ocularcentrism during the workshop Seeing without a Seer for students of the Master Institute AKV St. Joost and honours programme of Artez Hogeschool.

Radical Reversibility

29 September 2018 - 29 September 2018

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Masterclass Seeing without a Seer with honours programme Artez and Master Insitute St. Joost.

Visual case study by Sjoerd van Oevelen2018

Visual case study by Sjoerd van Oevelen, 2018

Radical Reversibility

21 September 2018 - 21 September 2018

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

In the context of an ongoing research programme the art cooperative Radical Reversibility organizes, in collaboration with Looiersgracht 60, the exhibition and symposium Seeing without a Seer.

Elodie Hiryczuk

29 November 2017 - 29 November 2017

UniArts, Helsinki

The Prognostics lecture series at UniArts inquires into the future of art by taking a closer look at the new languages, models and forms that the latest generation of artists are creating in response to the urgent questions arising today in the domains of art, politics and sociology.

Radical Reversibility

24 September 2017 - 24 September 2017

The Living Room, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Talk with Martine Stig and Sjoerd van Oevelen, with an introduction by Lars Willumeit, curator of the Unseen CO-OP.

Radical Reversibility

21 September 2017 - 24 September 2017

UNSEEN Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek

Unseen CO-OP

exhibition

For Unseen CO-OP – the new addition to Unseen, the international platform for contemporary photography – curator Lars Willumeit has selected RR together with 12 international art collectives to present themselves.