SEE-ING: The Environmental Consciousness Project

The act of seeing is to elicit associated senses, comprehension, and affect; an inquiry of layers of perception that peel back to expose matters of the unseen. Here, seeing does not refer to the typical concept of visualization, but rather to a process of durational interfaces between human and the contingent environment.

From Marcel Duchamp’s Precision Optics, to Haus-Rucker-Co’s Mind Expander, to Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, to Marina Warner’s The Eye of the Imagination, investigations and discoveries on tectonics of vision have assiduously established ways of connecting the eye and the mind psychologically and physiologically. From Jacques Lusseyran’s “inner sight”, to Juhani Pallasmaa’s The Eyes of the Skin, to “synesthesia”, to Giuliana Bruno’s concepts on “haptic space” and “site-seeing”, theories and arguments related to the role of vision, on the other hand, have stimulated critical examinations and radical innovations in science, art, technology, culture, design, and so on.

Today, the obsession of vision increases with evolving imaging techniques and display systems, and the built environment is suffused with activities and outcomes of computation and simulation. SEE-ING is a project that, for a moment, questions and celebrates both the possible presence of technological facts, and the profound joy of experiencing the effects. It brings together a diverse group of architects, artists, designers, technologies, and theorists looking at how the transformed notion of vision, visual, or visible inspires creative practices in a number of areas, including new typologies of space, representational methods, material practices, prostheses and byproducts of systems and machines, atmospheric mediums, neuroesthetics and emotion. It questions: What perceives? What’s perceived? And how it matters?

This exhibition and symposium centers on ideas of “aesthetics” and “craft” given experimental processes, systems, and mediums utilizing technology that choreograph awareness with mediated perceptual experiences.

15 October to 16 November 2018
Storrs Gallery
UNC Charlotte School of Architecture
28223 Charlotte, USA
UNC Charlotte School of Architecture