Curators: Vladimir Levashov
Organizers: Stella Art Foundation
Artist: Sergei Shutov
Key to the project is the role played by the electro-opthalmic stimulator – an instrument for diagnosing and stimulating a visual analyzer with electric currents. This instrument causes so-called phosphenes to appear – visual sensations that, without light entering a person’s eyes, arise as shining dots, figures appearing independently in the dark. Visitors to the exhibition can try out the instrument and undergo their very own para-psychedelic experience. The exposition also includes six monitors on which six Moscow art critics, or, as the artist puts it, “specialists in verbalizing artistic images,” describe their experience observing phosphenes in real time. The artist faithfully reproduces their descriptions as abstract paintings.