Looking at Seeing

Although the artist and the scientist approach observation in different ways, in both fields the process of observing and the role of the observer play and important part. How much of what we see is determined by how we look, and how does our knowledge and imagination influence what we see?
In this exhibition four artists present work, that examine different aspects of how we look and what it means to see.

Rune Peitersen, www.runepeitersen.com, used an eye-tracker to examine the involuntary movements of his eyes. He used the recordings and the eye-tracking data to construct images in which he attempts to visualize the ‘raw input’ his eyes received while filming.

Roland Schimmel, www.rolandschimmel.com, makes use of the way our eyes deal with sharp contrasts and saturation of colour. His paintings evoke strong afterimages in the eyes of the beholder, leaving the viewer uncertain of what is painted and what is only ‘in his eye’.

Martijn Schuppers, www.schuppers.com, creates his paintings in a process which attempts to cancel out the hand of the artist. The imagery that emerges resembles scientific images as we know them from popular science magazines, showing how our mind constructs images and seeks out meaning from even the most abstract imagery.

Rein Jelle Terpstra, www.reinjelleterpstra.nl, presents stories of pictures never taken. He examines the relation between the photographic image and memories of a specific moment – can the one replace the other, or are some moments impossible to capture in an image?

Night of Art and Science, Groningen, june 2012, together with Rune Peitersen, Roland Schimmel en Martijn Schuppers.