- I see, I see what you don't see - About the visible invisible in times of 'global' terror'. Els Opsomer

  • Research unit Intermedia
  • Research group Photography Expanded

In times of terrorist threat, the question of how to provide artistic resistance becomes urgent and relevant. - I see, I see what you don't see - About the visible invisible in times of 'global' terror is a question about how visual language can bring about a countering in the tense visual culture that engulfs us.

My doctoral research aims to introduce and offer a visual counter-terror through the method of the "realism of dialogue". From Boccaccio's Decamerone I am looking for a poetic response that can be shared and workable within our complex (art) world and society.

Through different scriptures, in image as counter-image, in film as counter-cinema, in essays and during lecture-performances, I want to enter into a dialogue with the viewer (my audience), other artists and art education to explore the possibilities of visual resistance.

Both in the artistic question (what is a possible answer to the current image invasion?), working method (dissection of one's own image archive and what surrounds me), and in the final results (film(s) in the form of a visual framework narrative, essays and lecture/performances), there is the immense urge to give a face to the survival reality of human integrity in an overwhelming world and to allow it to exist.

  • Supervisor: dr. Liesbeth Decan (LUCA)
  • Co-supervisor: dr. Mira Sanders (LUCA)
  • Looptijd: 2018-2022
  • Contact: els.opsomer@luca-arts.be

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