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The Democritian version of illusion is formulated as a fixation to the spurius knowledge of the sensorial. Through cerebral anatomy ( J. Muller) or deception of the senses ( I. Kant) both otical illusion and trompe-l’oeil cause a series of failures. 

The atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasburg hosts a sculptural installation. Pigeons come in from the open part of the roof and inhabit/nest in the sculpture. A pigeon cannot perceive the artificial illusion produced by the transparent solid glass plane, so it hits the glass and leaves a perfect imprint. The bird dies while trying to pass throught the “invisible” surface. The attempt to perceive/evaluate the event is transferred to a process of breaking the limits betwen art and reality. 

In the absolute architectural symmetry of the exhibition space of Amfissa, the reconstitution of an illusory environemnt is operated by having its function inverted. The spectator is deceived by the undoubted, non-transparent and impenetrable matter of the mirror that makes her believe that this is a transparent glass. At some point in time, the invited failure is revealed since she recognizes her mirror image.


mirror, cement curbstone, prints 


curated by Theodoros Zafiropoulos 

/Failure/ The Symptom 05, Amfissa, 2014