ICE ON MY EYES (2013)

Crying is like drops of water coming out of your eyes.  Shame is the feeling you have when you do not dare. Sleeping you do with your eyes closedA well is a deep dark hole in the ground.

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ICE ON MY EYES is an audiovisual installation for the blind and the not- so- blind in which text, sound and image play a game of attraction and repulsion. The visual, the auditory and the tactile communicate with each other. The working process started in autumn 2012 in form of workshops together with video artist Tine Guns and the sixth grade of the primary school St-Jozefscollege of Aalst.

“How to perceive the world if you can not see?” This question became the starting point for a research on how we use our eyes and ears to understand our surrounding reality. What followed was an interesting journey involving the work of René Magritte and the surrealists, the importance of memory and the way we acquire language. During the process the children and the artists were supported by two adults with visual disabilities.

ICE ON MY EYES is not only the result of artistic research and a multifaceted collaboration, it also raises questions on how to make art accessible to people with visual disabilities. In a visually-oriented society, the blind can show the not-so-blind new possibilities on how to experience reality.

Opening on May the 24th (16h) until June the 2nd 2013 @ Netwerk Aalst

Read a text about the artistic process here (pdf in Dutch)

 

 

Concept: Rebecca Lenaerts / Artistic implementation: Rebecca Lenaerts and Tine Guns in collaboration with the 6th grade of St-Jozefscollege Aalst / Special thanks to Eric Van Damme, Lesley De Ceulaer, Tonia and the teacher Pieter Phlips.

ICE ON MY EYES is a product of MUS-E Belgium in collaboration with The Centre of Contemporary Art, Netwerk Aalst. MUS-E Belgium is an open platform for professional artists translating their artistic practice into the context of a classroom.

On February the 22nd, the children visited the exhibition “Watch that sound” @ Netwerk Aalst together with two people with visible disabilities. Watch a short documentary here