We Close our Eyes and See a Flock of Birds, 2013
Wooden construction, polystyrene panels, white LED-lights, micro-controller, bench
203 x 206 x 206 cm
Frequency range of flickering lights: 10 – 33 Hz. Each flash duration 6 mins. Duration of the sequence 6 mins 24 secs
Installation views: I look to you and I see nothing, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
Beam in Thine Own Eye, MoNA Museum, Hobart, Tasmania. Festiva of Future Nows, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Photographs: Ivana Franke Studio
Up to five visitors are invited to sit on a bench in the middle of the cylindrical room, in which the screen of numerous LED lights covers the wall, and to close their eyes. Within their minds they see a stream of images: birds flying, people passing by, circles and spirals swirling and whatever else they can imagine. Each person “constructs” his/ her very own “movie”, a possible reminiscence of something long forgotten.
LED lights are programmed to flicker and visitors are exposed to the flashing light, which gives rise to a quasi-hallucinatory visual experience of moving images behind their closed eyes. The subjective hallucinatory “movie” is enclosed in one’s mind and imperceptible to anyone else, yet the experience of seeing is shared.