[NetBehaviour] Upgrade! Lisbon in November

Luis Silva silva.luis at netcabo.pt
Thu Nov 9 11:56:44 CET 2006











16.11.06: Herwig Turk, Paulo Pereira and GünterStöger
Blindspot

19:00 @ Lisboa20 Arte Contemporânea
Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão 18B (Campo de Ourique)





Blindspot is an interdisciplinary research project about perception,  
developed by Herwig Turk, Dr.   Paulo Pereira and Günter Stöger in  
cooperation with Beatriz Cantinho, Bärbel Buck, Patrícia Almeida,  
and Dr. Miguel Castelo Branco. The project aims at investigating  
perception in a broader context as well as its circumstances, its  
determinants and its contingencies. The proceedings in the research  
laboratories in vision sciences are translated into different  
settings, thereby creating a meta-language that crosses traditional  
boundaries between science and art. At the same time, a new  
heterotopic space for experimentation is created where objects,  
gestures and language separated from their supporting context gain  
new dimensions. The approach used by the authors adopts the formal  
structure of a research project, starting with the hypothesis that  
Science represents an imperfect means whereby perception is used as a  
privileged means o assess reality (“an improved means to an  
unimproved end”, Thoreau)

The overall approach of Blindspot is based on a long-term interchange  
of knowledge methods and proceedings of sciences and arts.  
“Perception is the process whereby sensory stimulation is translated  
into organized experience”, Encyclopaedia Britannica). Vision  
sciences tend to focus on the process of sensory stimulation: from  
the eye to the brain or from the photon to the image. The anatomical,  
physiological, neurological and biochemical research can convey the  
means to gather a great amount of information that agglomerates in  
large volumes and treaties. However precise, a vast amount of  
information is neglected or is actively translocated to a place  
outside of the laboratory by the application of the scientific  
methods and procedures. What remains, are contaminations from the  
“outside world” and are largely the subject-matter of this  
interdisciplinary project. Within the project perception is defined  
as a proposition that includes the “organized experience” within  
and among various human and non-human elements. These elements  
connect and communicate through incidents and create a reality that  
can only be understood in a very limited timeframe.

The method used by the research team relies on a strong interaction  
and interference between the organic elements and the instances that  
contextualize the received information. One cannot say where the  
Organ ends and the processing starts! (Oswald Wiener).

These interactions are highly variable and strongly depend on  
individual dispositions and environmental factors . Thus, a “real  
world” exists just as a helpful construction to interpret ephemeral  
individual perceptions.

Individual perception cannot be observed or interpreted as isolated,  
but rather as something that is distributed within group structures  
(persons, objects, environments). Each individual perceives himself  
and his daily environment through the reflections and reactions of  
others. Every single person is connected to a floating system of  
information and a clear line cannot be draw to separate individuals  
from others nor from their own surroundings.

Science aims at a universal language supported by inertia  
referential. The scientific language is highly coded and the  
associations between words, concepts and the corresponding entities  
in the “real world” are often blurred by the complex system of  
references used. The scientific systems of references include  
necessarily established conventions comparable to GMT (Greenwich mean  
time) or the null meridian, in an attempt to identify standards that  
make measurements possible and universal.

A main goal in this project is to identify calibration standards and  
reference points that are critical in influencing individual  
perception. Once such points of reference are identified they can be  
easily manipulated by deconstructing its own fundaments and by  
displacing them into a different context/setting. This approach  
questions the fallibility of the scientific conventions and  
highlights the importance and contribution of social and individual  
constructions (constellations) to what is perceived as a scientific  
through or a scientific fact. More importantly, the founding elements  
and corner stones of the scientific method are man-made and became  
less abstract as the project emphasizes and brings to center-stage  
those structural elements that are both invisible and – thought of  
as - infallible in daily scientific routines.

This goal can be accomplished by a variety of procedures, including  
the dislocation of both observer and object of observation to  
different scenarios where common references are no longer obvious and  
where the elements that support perception are often absent.  
Experimentally, this approach creates the field where different  
categories of knowledge meet and reveals the interdisciplinary nature  
of the project.





Um encontro mensal de artistas, curators e interessados nos
new media, realizado na Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea e programado por  
Luís Silva. Para apresentação de projectos, por favor envie um email.

A monthly gathering of new media artists, curators and interested  
people,
curated by Luís Silva and held  in Lisbon , at Lisboa 20 Arte  
Contemporânea .
If you’re interested in presenting, please email me.













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