Blickmaschinen Symposium


Miklos Peternak - Image Illusion or Pictures like Simple Machines

Most of the diagrams that are used in treatises concerned with vision as perception, optical illusion or „deceit” or the research of vision carried out by physiological and psychological standards can be categorized into two groups: one is that of the simple image, which presents that something that we „see” is in fact „not there” (the analogy is taken form physics and denotes the example of „simple machines” such as the slope, the lever or the pulley). The other group connect, compare or merge two shapes or patterns which allows alternative meanings and via this demonstrates the contradictions inherent within the „perceived” and „real”. This process of (di)vision may involve a specific image-grouping what I intend to illustrate.

Professor at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts and Head of the Intermedia Department since its foundation (1990), director of C3: Center for Culture and Communication since 1997. Studied history and history of art, PhD 1994: New Media - Art and Science. He was a member of the Béla-Balázs-Studio, Budapest (1981-87), the Indigo-Group and directed experimental films and videos. Published numerous articles and book on contemporary media art, photo-, film- and media-history. Organized several exhibitions together with C3, among others The Butterfly-Effect, Kunsthalle Budapest
-, Perspective. Kunsthalle Budapest
-, Vision - Image and perception. Kunsthalle Budapest
-, Active Image, NCCA, Moscow


Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
23. November 2008 - 10. Mai 2009
Blickmaschinen / Visual Tactics

Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest
19. Juni - 23. August 2009

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla
17. September - 22. November 2009
Máquinas de mirar


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Blickmaschinen wird großzügig gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und die Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen

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Der Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Die Präsentation ist eine Ausstellung im Rahmen des Projektes Visuelle Taktiken/ Visual Tactics und wird gefördert durch das EU-Culture Programme.

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