Artist: Katja Novitskova
Curator: Kati Ilves
If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes addresses the relationship between the domain of seeing, big data-driven industries, and ecology in times of biotic crisis.
The exhibition’s title is a quote taken from a conversation in Ridley Scott’s cult sci-fi film, Blade Runner (1982), between the replicant Roy Batty and designer Hannibal Chew—who created his eyes.
Currently, vast aspects of human and nonhuman lives are being registered and modeled on an environmental scale. Collection and processing of data has become a tool used to map all possible surfaces, moments and spectra on Earth and beyond – from faces to biological cell walls to dust on Mars.
This is performed by human, and increasingly, robotic agents, and is directed at people, both wild and captured creatures, and nonliving processes. Seeing has become an expanding extractive industry. In the process new visual languages, commodities and life forms are being generated reflecting back to us our often violent entanglement with the world: patterns of embryonic development in mutated lab-test worms, live-streamed flows of CO2 gas across the planet, or a group of near-extinct animals passing by a tree and noticing the tracking camera.
Katja Novitskova works from new forms of imagery taken from the realm of present day visual representation. This exhibition explores this radical new articulation of the role of the image, and how constant planetary scale mediation gains an ecological dimension.
Estonian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
San Samuele Square
San Marco 3199, 2nd floor
(Vaporetto stop: San Samuele)
13 May – 26 November 2017
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
OPENING: 11th of May, 2017 at 4pm
PREVIEW: 10 – 12 May,
Commissioner: Maria Arusoo, Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia
For further information, please contact:
Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia
info @ if only you could see what ive seen with your eyes .com
www. if only you could see what ive seen with your eyes .com
The project is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Greene Naftali, Cobalt Law Firm, DSV Global Transport and Logistics. Graphic design by Ott Metusala.
La Biennale di Venezia is the oldest and largest international art forum. Participating since 1997, this is the eleventh time Estonia is exhibiting. Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, is the official representative of the Estonian exposition at la Biennale di Venezia.