STUDY

The Gaze Multiple

[person_by] Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

August 2021

The project ‘Towards a Gaze Multiple’ is currently conducted by artists and PhD candidates Elodie Hiryczuk and Sjoerd van Oevelen at LUCAS Centre for the Arts in Society at Leiden University. 

This project interrogates how a corpus of critical photography artworks offer alternative ways of seeing and understanding the natural environment. The goal of this research is to critically probe the concept of the gaze as created by a dominant western worldview and offer an alternative and more complex approach to what seeing can mean for our relation with the environment. 

This project furthers a theoretical debate in which the gaze was initially referring to a unifying way of looking at and conceiving ‘the’ world and in which ‘nature’ was contained by a western approach of mastering and capturing. Because ‘Nature photography’ can be conceived as an important manifestation of the construction of the gaze – often creating a distant view – this research concentrates in particular on how such photography can problematise a unifying and universal conception of the environment. 

Tapping into recent theoretical and methodological developments in which multiplicities of ways of being, doing and understanding are stressed this project introduces the concept of the Gaze Multiple to conceive the act of looking as multi-directional and messy. It considers how contemporary photographic art practices that foreground this multiplication (for example by using different perspectives or image-manipulation) can provide ways to develop a new vocabulary to understand the gaze as multiple. The project explores the Gaze Multiple through translations between doing and thinking by combining academic and artistic interventions.
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Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen
Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen is a collaboration between artists/ researchers Elodie Hiryczuk (1977, Avignon) and Sjoerd van Oevelen (1974, Steenbergen). They are interested in the workings of perception in humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape. The differences and similarities between Western and Eastern traditions of painting and photography deeply shape their work and thinking.

Elodie Hiryczuk
Elodie Hiryczuk (b. 1977) is a French/ Dutch artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. She collaborates with Sjoerd van Oevelen under the name Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen. Their work explores the workings of perception in humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape.

Sjoerd van Oevelen
Sjoerd van Oevelen (b. 1974) is a Dutch artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. He collaborates with Elodie Hiryczuk under the name Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen. Their work explores the workings of perception in humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape.

works

Works in This Study

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

2021 [on show]

The photographic work Gaze Multiple – Hawthorn (2021) comprises five vertical panels presented parallel to each other in a composition inspired by East Asian folding screens.

Field ExperimentsHiryczuk / van Oevelen2011

Field Experiments, Hiryczuk / van Oevelen, 2011

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

2011

In photographs of nature scenes, geometric figures have been stretched with yellow ropes to mark a space in the landscape.

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Peaks of PresentHiryczuk/ Van Oevelen2016

Peaks of Present, Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, 2016

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

2016

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One Moon in a Thousand SeasHiryczuk / Van Oevelen2018

One Moon in a Thousand Seas, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, 2018

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

2018

One Moon in a Thousand Seas depicts the infinite play of moonlight on the sea surface. The photos show successive reflections of the moon on the water, from a single point of light to increasingly intricate figures and characters, depending on the swell of the sea.

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in the studioel lissitzky1929

in the studio, el lissitzky, 1929

El Lissitzky

1923

In the Studio

visual reference image

El Lissitzky's somersaulting multiple exposure of himself and several friends in his studio was made in 1923, probably when he was living in Hannover at the invitation of Kurt Schwitters.