Wrong-sighted Conversations and Wrong-sighted Visits
20.09. 2022 and 21.09.2022 - VLC
Laura Arensburg /Transversal Aesthetics Immunity-Community
“Wrong-sighted Conversations” and “Wrong-sighted Visits” are two activities which form part of the project "Interdisciplinary Team for Wrong-sighted Testing" by Laura Arensburg, a selected artist in the Transversal Aesthetics Immunity - Community open call by Idensitat, with the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The conversations aim to create spaces specifically for people with special visual conditions, as well as to open a dialogue with professionals in ophthalmology in order to establish learning and experiential relationships outside the medical environment. In addition, the wrong-sighted visits extend an invitation to anyone who wishes to learn about, and to share the visually-impaireds’ experience of vision.
This mediation project explores unfocused, shifting, peripheral perspectives, bringing people with various visual conditions and ophthalmologists closer to each other. Through these meetings, we will test the conditions of visual impairment that we usually disregard; we will share knowledge and experience from a wide range of perspectives, and we will discover what emerges from this exploration, surrounded by the exhibitions of the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània.
A visit to the CCCC, its garden and several of its exhibitions, with the members of the Asociación Retina, a non-profit organisation which works for the integration, research, support and dissemination of information regarding Retinitis Pigmentosa. A meeting to discover new possibilities for insight by sharing experiences regarding other visually-related conditions.
22/10/2022, 11h Wrong-Sighted conversation_2:
In the Tertulias Malvidentes, we meet people who wear glasses, contact lenses and/or have various conditions of visual impairment. The proposal is to explore together from our alternative perspectives, and to exchange experiences, surrounded by artistic images. What sensations, inspirations and reflections does wrong-sightedness evoke in us? This Tertulia Malvidente is a meeting-place between the wrong-sighted and ophthalmologists at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània. We will explore what happens if, instead of meeting in a doctor's office, we meet in a visual arts exhibition hall. We will exchange knowledge and experiences from both points of view in these doctor-patient relationships, removed from their usual context.
Saturday October 22nd at 11 a.m. at Espai D, Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, València
20.09.2022 > Wrong-sighted Conversation:
If you are from València or the surrounding area, and you have a condition which affects your eyesight, we invite you to join this critical reflection and encounter group, where you may experiment with other ways of perceiving.
Tuesday 20th September at 7 p.m. in Espai D of the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, València.
Calle Museu número 2-4, 46003 València
21.09.2022 > Wrong-sighted visit:
Thursday 21st September at 18.30p.m. at Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, València
Calle Museu número 2-4, 46003 València
In the wrong-sighted community we make visible those who see badly. There is a liberating game in seeing badly: blurred visions make fabulous images appear. If you want to get out of focus, experience "wrong-sighted" and you live in Valencia, we invite you to a guided tour of the Center del Carme Cultura Contemporània.
Open and free activity until full capacity.
"Interdisciplinary team for wrong-sighted testing" is a project by Laura Arensburg, selected in the open call for Transversal Aesthetics – Community/Immunity in the hybrid residency category, held at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporánea de València. We, of the visually impaired community, raise the visibility of those with bad eyesight. The capitalist scopic regime needs everyone to observe in accordance with the norms, in order to work productively at full speed on multiple screens. Focusing on
the visually impaired will allow us to question, from a position of inclusivity, the system in which we live, and to analyse the link between doctors and patients. There is a liberating game in the possibility of abandoning visual correction; we can convert vital experiences of our eyesight into fabulous images.
Then, we will meet face-to-face and virtually, to take off our glasses in order to perceive, to hallucinate and to reflect based upon how we see things, and to collectively inspire ourselves, based upon those other sensory powers and abilities. On this occasion, meetings will be held in the cultural institution (a space strongly linked to the visual by means of exhibitions and other oculocentric programmes), where experiences and spaces inhabited by visually-impaired people will be activated, as well as meetings with ophthalmologists and patients to dislocate that relationship, problematising scientific knowledge from an unfocused, intimate and horizontal perspective. In that blurred zone of poor eyesight, could less hierarchical connections exist? What might happen if, based on unfocused physical experience, “true” knowledge were to be placed in doubt? Could we imagine other social perspectives from these unfocused gazes?