Retreat into Darkness
Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown
Ivana Franke/Heike Catherina Mertens/Dr. Katja Naie

176 pp.
with 50 black-white and 24 colour illustrations
thread-sewn softcover

Leipzig March, 2018
ISBN: 9783959052122
Edition Number: 1

Width: 16.5 cm
Length: 24 cm

Language(s): English, German

Ivana Franke, Heike Catherina Mertens, Dr. Katja Naie

Ann Richter, Pia Christmann, Studio Pandan

Human perception and the exploration of the unknown have been the subject of artistic investigation for centuries. The artist Ivana Franke combines these two aspects in her project Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown. She examines our perceptual processes when we confront something phenomenologically unknown. This book presents all the elements of a “retreat into darkness”: Franke’s installation at the Ernst Schering Foundation—in which the reflections of light in a completely dark space afford new visual experiences—the experiments of cognitive psychologist Bilge Sayim, and the observations of internationally renowned scientists and humanists like Elena Agudio, Jimena Canales, Pierre Gallais, Sylvia C. Pont, and Anil K. Seth., all of whom share an awareness that darkness opens our view to the poetry of the unknown.

Texts; Elena Agudio, Jimena Canales, Ivana Franke, Pierre Gallais, Heike Catherina Mertens, Katja Naie, Sylvia C. Pont, Bilge Sayim, Anil K. Seth

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