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7/4/2005

Alexander Pilis

Galeria ADN, Barcelona

The project examines the crossover between Site, Art, Architecture and Perception. The artist: '‘To locate an issue and a question, one needs a minimum of three views of observation, such a discourse negotiates the conversation of differences. With this cognitive method, difference is actually the necessary basis of locating''.


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Architecture Parallax: The Blind Architect - T.B.A.

ADN Galeria, is pleased to present a project by Alexander Pilis, entitled ‘Architecture Parallax : The Blind Architect – T.B.A”, an ambitious project that examines the concept of vision.

Alexander Pilis is a Brazilian / Canadian Artist, Architect and Curator based in Barcelona. He is founder of Archimemoria, Canada, http://www.architecture-parallax.net & http://www.theblindarchitect.com, a non-profit organisation established to broaden the links between Architecture, Art, Science, and Perception. He has participated in many international exhibitions in Canada, Germany, Brazil, England and Spain. Pilis has participated in two São Paulo’s Art Biennials and he was an artist/architect in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and at the Banff Art Centre.

To his study of architecture, Pilis has incorporated the ideological instrument of Parallax as the theoretical base. From this platform he teaches and organizes exhibitions, symposiums and public discussions

The project examines the crossover between Site, Art, Architecture and Perception. Alexander Pilis describes his work as follows: ‘To locate an issue and a question, one needs a minimum of three views of observation, such a discourse negotiates the conversation of differences. With this cognitive method, difference is actually the necessary basis of locating; describing and finally coming to some understanding of a given object, issues of our concepts of visuality within our contemporary depiction’.

The exhibition consists of three installation elements that offer a critical insight into the notion of visual crisis.

1. Element : Architecture Parallax
Four stainless steel medical examiner tables, with a dozen microscopes mounted on the surfaces. Looking through the microscopes, the viewers see collaged images drawn from various scientific and historical/cultural sources. But as we strain to see – it is the nature of the monocular microscopes apparatus (to literally close one eye, or be blind in one eye) – we blink and adjust our focus and perception. There is a paradox and contradiction -- our eyes can get in the way of vision.

A pressure zone microphone and eight miniature speakers adds a real-time audio component.

2. Element : The Blind Architect – To Be Announced (T.B.A.)
Three full body portraits of architects posed as if they are blind, and part of ongoing research that Pilis is developing towards a full feature film with the same title; The Blind Architect –T.B.A.

We are all blind, except the blind can teach us again how to see, how to sustain attention.
We see too much. There is too much to see. There is no end to seeing.

3. Element : Blind Jokes
Two plaques engraved with jokes about blindness, using a ‘traditional’ white on black signage-engraving process. Humour is a powerful tool, a way to expose our preconceptions and our inherent discomfort with ‘abnormality’. In humour, there is a truth beyond that which is ‘black and white’ than can lead to other truths.

Opening: Thursday April 7th, 2005, 8:00pm

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