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Lichtgang

Date
Tue 28 May 2024 09:00
Wed 29 May 2024 09:00
Thu 30 May 2024 09:00
Fri 31 May 2024 09:00
Sat 1 June 2024 09:00
Location
Utrecht Central Station - pop up store
Duration
Open between 9:00 and 21:00 / duration 7 min
Language
Language no problem
Country
Netherlands/Belgium
Price
Pay what you want
Themes
Crossing the 4th wall, New technologies, City project
Edition
SPRING 2024
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This performance features intense lighting and powerful sound delivered through headphones.

Where does tangible reality end and where does the boundless realm of our imagination begin? Step inside Lichtgang; a mini-cinema where we play with visual perception. Is “reality” the things we see and perceive, or is it a construct of our own mind’s making? Lichtgang is a hallucinatory experience of 7 minutes, an abstract film that takes place largely inside your own eyes.

Where does tangible reality end and where does the boundless realm of our imagination begin? Within the installation Lichtgang we play with the phenomenon of “afterimage”. Step inside a mini-cinema where visual perception is central. It is so dark that it does not matter whether your eyes are open or closed. 

Starting with a canvas of pure darkness, a circle of light awakens from this shadow, carefully timed to give the colorful afterimage an unprecedented intensity. You are invited to keep looking straight into the circle of light and surrender to the play of colors created in the darkness.

What is “reality”? Is it what we see and perceive, or what we make of it? Lichtgang is a hallucinatory experience, an abstract film that takes place largely inside your own eyes. In the enigmatic interplay of perception and reality, our brain balances on the thin line of interpretation. Lichtgang reveals this field of tension as a fascinating dance of light and shadow, real and imagined, seen and interpreted. Get carried away on this visual journey that plays with the boundaries of perception and reality.

We use our eyes as windows on the outside world. But the image we perceive, is completed by the brain. The process starts when beams of light reach our retina, which sends a signal to the brain. There, the light is converted into images we understand and recognize. This wondrous (re)construction takes place largely outside our conscious mind. For instance, images reach our retina upside down, but we see them straight because the brain reconstructs the image. Films, which consist of 24 still images per second, are perceived as seamless, fluid movement. This ‘construction process’ of our perception can stay active even when there is nothing more to see. 

In the coming years Schweigman& and performance artist Johannes Bellinkx will take you on a nomadic journey that will touch down at festivals and locations. And past installations that each play with perception in their own way. Lichtgang is the first stop. Travel with them past the installations and to the final destination, House of the Senses; which will become a permanent meeting place and expertise center for embodied perception.

www.schweigman.org

Awards

  • Ton Lutz regieprijs, VSCD Mimeprijs (meerdere malen)

"Disruptive experiences that play on the senses"

Het Parool

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Schweigman& & Johannes Bellinkx

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