IDEASTHESIA

IDEASTHESIA is the first out of three Masters Exhibitions taking place this fall. The three participating artists Carolina Andreasson, Emil Carlsiö and Laura Heuberger investigate themes of psychological and social qualms, opinion polarization and simulation.

 

The title of the show refers to a phenomenon meaning 'sensing concepts' or 'sensing ideas'. How do ideas feel? Danko Nikolic, brain researcher from the Max-Plank Institute, proposed a theory stating that thoughts and sensations are linked and mutually dependent. Sights, sounds and smells are not simply interpreted by the brain; rather, the way in which we experience these stimuli is by our understanding of the world. The pairing of ideas and concepts with sensations is what allows us to understand metaphors even when they are completely illogical, as associations between what we see and what we feel.

 

A satin draped room-within-the-room is facing the entrance of the gallery as a monument of expectations, suggesting a parallel to the religious confession booth. By mixing sound, sculpture and projection Andreasson's works are aiming to map out our relation and experience of a conscience by looking at guilt, shame.

 

In Carlsiö's work, a male figure is kneeling facing a corner. The pose of the sculpture suggests that a disturbing scene is taking place in the far left of the room. The audience inevitably plays a role in the scene as they project their preconceptions over what is presented. The roles of judge, jury and subjects are interchangeable.

 

Heuberger's two channel video projection proposes a scenario in which digital and physical elements mix, blend and overlap, evoking questions of authenticity versus simulation. The work creates an atmosphere where the audience is invited to question the validity of what is presented to them, evaluating whether or not to trust it.

 

The collective body of work in IDEASTHESIA invites the audience to reflect on the preconceptions that we instinctively bear in our minds. The works are placed within a time sequence to fade in and out of focus, giving the room a state of constant change and guiding the attention of the viewer.

 

Opening Saturday 21 October 18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition is open 22 - 29 October 15:00 - 18:00
Open lecture with Bettina Steinbrügge, Monday 23 October 10:00 - 12:00
Group critique with
Bettina Steinbrügge, Tuesday 24 October 10:00 - 12.00

 

Galleriet
Östra Strandgatan 32

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