press release

The term “inattentional blindness” is coined in psychology and refers to the condition that the subject fails to notice a fully visible but unexpected object, because attention has been engaged on another task, event or object. This phenomenon is not the result of visual impair or deficiency.

The exhibition at Galeri Zilberman focuses on how the media, politics and the advertising industry are instrumental in the manipulation of awareness of “free choice” and problematizes the role of the sense of sight in these manipulation processes, from physical, social and mental aspects. The artists in the exhibition deploy various strategies in relation to notions of visibility and perception.

Political questions about our perception of justice, the normalization of injustice and its social consequences are raised in Sophie Dvořák’s drawings, while Claudia Larcher’s video animation challenges our spatial perception. Berat Işık’s videos deal with the strong connection between invisibility and otherness: “Dancer in the Dark”, reminds the audience the notion of social blindness, whereas “Eyes Wide Shut” shows the mechanisms of keeping masses blind. “Apocalypse Please” on the other hand, imagines a family representing the suppressed other, deciding to abolish their sense of sight.

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Inattentional Blindness

Sophie Dvorak, Sakir Gökcebag, Berat Isik, Claudia Larcher, Bernd Oppl, Liddy Scheffknecht, Aylin Tekiner

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