Blindsight by Agata Siniarska

Image: courtesy of the artist
Image: courtesy of the artist

19 pm

Floor 3

Free entry
Language: English and Spanish

"What would be our reality if we could see all the things we cannot see?. What would be its intensity, its image, its taste?. Would it be one reality or shall I say realities?.

If we might say that reality is the state of relations, the invisible is a huge part of it. This part that many times is called zero or nothing. Zero may mean nothing to the Western world, but this has nothing to do with the way it works. If zero is supposed to signify a hole, a space, or a missing piece, and one is the sign of positivity, digital machines turn these binaries around. Zero is something, though not some quality, which is what usually we mean by 'thing'.

Zero was always something very different from the sign which has emerged from the West's inability to deal with anything which, like zero, is neither something in particular nor nothing at all. And it is certainly the case that, with or without the signs that represent them as inert negativities, holes themselves are never simply absences of positive things. This is purely analytical myth. Nothing is just as much a particle as what passes through it...these are not absences, spaces where there should be something else. Holes are charged particles running in reverse. For the quantum physicist, holes are not the absence of particles but particles travelling faster than speed of light.

Being and not being aware, we are living in entangled webs, we are not individual, separated entities: we live between discourses, other entities, languages – everything is crossing our 'established' borders. Reality does not run along the neat straight lines of the printed page. Definitely not this one. I am porous, I cannot be sure of any borders: borders of my thoughts, emotions, imagination, finally physical borders. Uncontrollable interaction between me and the others. I am a part of huge collective. I cannot claim any ownership. The way I think, I feel, I am aware, I am not aware, I know, I work – this is just simply entanglement of forces, some of them hidden from the public display, some of them stolen, some of them unconsciously taken".

by and with: agata siniarska, sonia fernández pan, air, heat, bacteria, sweat, scientific facts, discourses, affects, personal dramas, gossips, zeros, thoughts, inner speeds, transplants, women, aliens and other species.

This work was made possible with a kind support of City Art Gallery of Kalisz. Special thanks to Mateusz Szymanówka, SODA Program in HZT Berlin.


Agata Siniarska makes works within formats of performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, TV programme and others. She is interested in knowledge, that explores various mediums, protocols, strategies of its own production and does not apply any hierarchy to itself. These are all the detours, twists, turns through knowing and confusion: from aliens, imaginative blobs, slime molds, sweat, scientific facts, air particles, discourses, affects, personal dramas, gossips, zeros, thoughts, inner speeds, transplants, women – all knowledge that seeks not to explain but to involve. Agata is a founding member of female trouble – a collective revolving around identity, body, feminisms, pleasure, affirmation and love, as well as a co-founder of Pinpoint TV, an artistic research project in the format of an internet TV programme, set within intersecting art-scenes of Berlin. Her present project is a research around environmental storytelling.