Exhibition Points de Référence
The exhibition Points of Reference examines the notion of shared experience through aphantasia. It proposes an immersive space, the projection of a troubled mind for which reality is uncertain and changing.
Aphantasia is the inability to represent a mental image. We are all on the spectrum between aphantasia and hyperphantasia. It affects pictorial images, sounds and smells and profoundly influences the way we think, remember and perceive the world. We design our reality based on these perceptions and memories. Our brain takes the oceans of information that flood our senses and transforms them into a subjective inner world that seems unchanging. Over time, the memories that build this reality change and become out of sync with those of others, even if they are common experiences. When our worldview changes, we alter our memories to address cognitive dissonance. On the other hand, we tend to see and hear what we expect and everything leads us to believe that this is the reality, and even that this reality is shared by others.
We do not have the same reference points and memories; it is a miracle that we understand each other, as long as we can be understood. This device plays with the limits of the visual system, so artists and spectators, although present at the same time, will perceive very individual realities. It is by comparing them that they will build a new composite and collective reality.
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm and by appointment.
Authors: Carolina Restrepo et Jonathan O'Hear
With the support of
Ville de Genève