EPISODE 3: The Labour of Watching

Lou Cantor with written contribution by William Kherbek

Opening: Friday 2 October, 18:00 - 21:00 Exhibition is open upon request: Saturday 3 October - Sunday 15 November 2015

Presentation is as vexed a conception as concealment. The placement of objects within a space defines particular relations that will, of necessity, intervene in the cognitive environment of a viewer. In establishing a presence in the viewer’s cognitive geography, the objects assert a kind of agency which bears the traces of the intentionality that arranged them. Such agency is by definition artificial, but the relations it gives rise to are no less real for this fact. As in the world of fiction, non­real structures can give rise to real world consequences and emotions; the unreal present informs the pre­real future. This was Edmund Husserl’s basic point in his formulation of the conception of the modern understanding of intentionality: minds can have real relationships with non­real, or perhaps “trans­real” is a better term, objects, structures and concepts. The exhibition is a celebration of this dynamic; indeed, it is often even an appeal to the expectations of such immaterial potentialities. Inherent in this notion, however, is an acceptance of the vagaries of individual perception, an understanding that simply because minds experience the same data, their experience of that data will not necessarily be the same or even similar.

Excerpt from the text by William Kherbek.

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