Exhibition and symposium at Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, September 2018

Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen, Reclaiming Vision, video still (2018)

Juuso Noronkoski, Device No.5 (The Third Sun), detail (2017)

Martine Stig, Walking in The City, video still (2018)

Anouk De Clercq and Tom Callemin, It, video still (2017)

Taisuke Koyama, LIGHT FIELD 111, detail (2018)

Hans Gremmen, Lookout Point - The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: Mark Klett, Viewing Thomas Moran at the source, Artist’s Point, Yellowstone (2000 /2018)

Tuula Närhinen, Baltic Sea Plastique, video still (2013)


Radical Reversibility (RR) is a research-based art cooperative founded by three visual artists and an independent curator. In addition to our activities on this platform we initiate and take part in visual presentations, lectures, interviews and/or publications. RR also organises public events on location on a regular basis in order to physically meet and exchange with our audience, collaborators and peers.

SEEING WITHOUT A SEER, exhibition and symposium

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

20 September 2018 - 30 September 2018

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. 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 all-encompassing 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.

The exhibition 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.

The symposium presents lectures, visual case-studies and conversations by artists and researchers who will present works and ideas related to this subject matter.

Artists: Anouk De Clercq (BE), Tom Callemin (BE), Marjolijn Dijkman (NL), Hans Gremmen (NL), Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen (FR/NL), Toril Johannessen (NO), Taisuke Koyama (JP), Tuula Närhinen (FI), Juuso Noronkoski (FI), Martine Stig (NL), August Strindberg (SE), Mikko Rikala (FI)

Symposium Contributors: Alena Alexandrova (BG/ NL), Basje Boer (NL), Marjolijn Dijkman (BE), Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen (FR/ NL), Steven Humblet (BE), Toril Johannessen (NO), Adam Loughnane (CA), Tuula Närhinen (FI), Henk Oosterling (NL), Ali Shobeiri (IR), Martine Stig (NL), Frank van der Stok (NL)

Register for the symposium
21 September 2018
Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam
(€20,- lunch and drinks included, limited seats available)

Juuso Noronkoski, Device Nr. 5 (The Third Sun), detail, 2017

Juuso Noronkoski, Device Nr. 5 (The Third Sun), detail, 2017

Martine Stig, Walking in the City, video still, 2018

Martine Stig, Walking in the City, video still, 2018

August Strindberg, Celestograph XII, detail, 1893-94

August Strindberg, Celestograph XII, detail, 1893-94


UniArts, Helsinki

29 November 2017

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.

For the Prognostics series artists and Radical Reversibility co-founders Martine Stig and Elodie Hiryczuk will give some insight into the background and the common fields of research of the cooperative. They will also present their current research projects entitled Vertigo, The Detached Gaze and Les Extrêmes ne se Touchent pas.

On the Entanglement of Image and Gaze, lecture by RR, UniArts, Helsinki

On the Entanglement of Image and Gaze, lecture by RR, UniArts, Helsinki

UNSEEN CO-OP 2017, exhibition

UNSEEN Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek

21 September 2017 - 24 September 2017

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. Our first public presentation will be centered around a key work by El Lissitzky – In the studio, 1923 – and includes works by Martine Stig and Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen. In addition we will show a new collaborative project by our first guest contributors Stephan Keppel and Hans Gremmen.

On the occasion of our launch we will issue a printed manifesto, designed by Hans Gremmen along with the first RR special editions of work by Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, Martine Stig, Stephan Keppel and El Lissitzky.


Thursday 21, 20:00
Official launch of RR and presentation of our manifesto to Lars Willumeit, CO-OP Booth 11 (on invitation only)

Saturday 23, 12:30
All that is solid melts into clouds, RR contribution to POIUYT Radio, CO-OP Booth 3

Sunday 24, 14:45
CO-OP Talk with RR co-founders Martine Stig and Sjoerd van Oevelen, in The Living Room

For more information please visit UNSEEN CO-OP.

This event is made possible by Mondriaan Fund, Unseen Amsterdam, Expertise Centre for Art and Design at Avans University, Hans Gremmen, Stephan Keppel, Daria Tuminas, Taco Hidde Bakker, Niels Schrader, Mertens Frames, Atelier Lasociale.

Overview @ UNSEEN CO-OP

Overview @ UNSEEN CO-OP

Work by Martine Stig, Stephan Keppel and Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen @ UNSEEN CO-OP

Work by Martine Stig, Stephan Keppel and Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen @ UNSEEN CO-OP