The Invisible Seminar


seminar / exhibition

scope: poster

client: Bergen Academy of Art and Design


The seminar seeks to investigate the operations of visibility by highlighting the unseen, the camouflaged, the immaterial and the erased as particular aesthetic strategies. If the visual arts historically have relied upon the seeing subject as its partner, functioning to give representation to the imagination or world events, what forms of critique, protest and poetics have been developed by occupying the space of the invisible? How has media culture, and what Camiel van Winkel terms the "regime of visibility", contributed to the contemporary imperative to visualize and expose? Can notions of the invisible be used to deepen perspectives on the power dynamics of the gaze and image production? And importantly, how might invisibility contribute to rethinking modes of collectivity and politics?


Through this two day seminar, questions around looking and the overlooked are addressed, pointing toward acts of sonic intervention, secret projects, smuggling operations, covert criticality and other methodologies of the hidden or erased to enliven debate on contemporary cultural practices.


Following the theme of invisibility, the poster is purely white. All the information is printed upside down on the back side. So if the upper side is unfixed the poster hangs freely off the wall exposing the hidden information behind.