Prognostics lecture: Radical Reversibility- On the entanglement of image and gaze
Artists Martine Stig and Elodie Hiryczuk are co-founders of the practice- and research-based art cooperative Radical Reversibility. The RR cooperative aims to investigate and develop visual and conceptual strategies that radically reverse the paradigms of our current visual culture. For the Prognostics series they will give some insight into the background and the common fields of research of the cooperative. They will also present their current projects entitled Vertigo, The Detached Gaze and Les Extrêmes ne se Touchent pas.
Radical Reversibility (RR) is a practice and research-based art cooperative founded by artist Martine Stig, artist duo Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen and independent curator Frank van der Stok. The RR cooperative aims to investigate and develop visual and conceptual strategies that radically reverse the paradigms of our current visual culture.
RR operates within the context of contemporary art, with a focus on lens-based media. Our common field of interest consists of the fundamental entanglement between image and gaze. With our research we intend to uncover different 'cultures of the gaze’ in order to playfully challenge and decondition our looking habits. We will address these alternative visual approaches within a transhistorical framework. With the collective we wish to create a platform to present and discuss images with like-minded colleagues, not only from the cultural field but also from other disciplines like philosophy, anthropology, architecture and science.
Martine Stig (b. 1972) lives and works in Amsterdam. Education: Royal Academy of Fine Art (The Hague) University of Amsterdam, Philosophy. Photography itself is the locus of Martine Stig’s work. The voyeuristic act: photography (verb) and the autonomic product: photo (noun). Whilst using the medium she researches it’s role in the perception of reality. She employs cliché - a box of tricks that evolved with the profession itself - to manipulate a viewers’ viewing experience. Stig is interested in cultural framing and how visual truths proves to be obverse. She is interested in the universal need to take and cherish pictures of loved ones. Stig published four books and some artist publications. Her most recent book Noir was released in November 2016 (Fw: books, Amsterdam). Her work has been shown at a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Aperture Foundation (NYC), Unseen Festival (Amsterdam). Her work is part of collections of the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), the Fries Museum (Leeuwarden), Bouwfonds collection, ABN/Amro collection and De Hallen (Haarlem). She has a teaching and research position at the Master Institute AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch).
Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen (b. 1977/ 1974) have been working as an artist duo since 2001. Both studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) and respectivey the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam) and the AA Architectural Association (London). Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen are interested in the workings of vision and systems of perspective, as well as humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape. The differences and similarities between Western and Eastern traditions of painting and photography deeply shape their work and thinking. In addition to making art, they write and publish essays on their blog The Detached Gaze and in magazines such as Philosophy of Photography (UK) and EXTRA – Fotografie in context (BE/NL). Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen have had exhibitions at Bradwolff Projects (Amsterdam), DordtYart (Dordrecht), Museum de Paviljoens (Almere), Museum Van Bommel Van Dam (Venlo), Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, and Hedge House – Bonnefanten Museum (Wijlre). They received a Red Dot Award and were nominated for the 13th annual Van Bommel Van Dam Prize. Their work is part of the collections of Hedge House –Bonnefanten Museum, Van Den Ende Foundation, Erasmus MC Art Collection, AMC Art Collection. Hiryczuk and Van Oevelen have been artists in residence at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur (Iceland, 2009) and Arts Initiative Tokyo (Japan, 2015). Hiryczuk and Van Oevelen are tutors Artistic Research at Moving Image, AKI Academy of Art and D
Friendship is the common theme in the Prognostics lectures during autumn 2017. The lectures focus on art and artistic agency that is not defined through ownership.
The Prognostics lecture series is supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.