Dark Sense questions the creative opportunities and artistic innovation in darkness. In what ways does darkness alter the creative process? Sensory deprivation or perceptual isolation has already been used for military and therapeutic purposes, but could it also be used to trick, shift, or highlight artists’ habits, dogmas and automatisms? Could darkness also have a therapeutic effect in our world filled with sensory overload? What changes in the sensory and conceptual process when visual art is made in a voluntary state of blindness? We organised serveral sessions (some open and others closed to the public), we drew in pitch-black bunkers and other military shelters. Simultaneously we conducted research with EEG-scanning devices in collaboration with the Neurologic Department of the University hospital Ghent. While the artists drew in dark (f.e. DARKROOM 2012) , people could attend lectures on sensory themes in art, philosophy and science.
Artists: Frans Gentils, Greet Van Autgaerden, Laura Maes, Kristof Lauwers, Liam Singelyn, Hallveig Ágústsdóttir, Karen Vermeren, Gery Desmet, Maggie Michael, Jan-Pieter Cornelis, Tineke Schuurmans, Wouter Cox, Jet Nijkamp, Jan Verbruggen, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Lore Smolders, Walt Van Beek, Karen Vermeren, Pieter Geenen
Lectures: Prof. Dr. Paul Boon (Dept. Neurology University Hospital Ghent), Prof. Dr. Robert Zwijnenberg (University of Leiden) , Loek Grootjans (artist), Rune Peitersen (artist), Mathieu Demeyer (historican), Tim Joye (Curator)
Partners: UZGhent, Breinwijzer (vzw), University of Ghent, DOK vzw, Vrijstaat-O (Kaap), Province East-Flanders, Province West-Flanders