Ivana Franke – Retreat Into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown


Human perception of the unknown – and its exploration – have been the subject of artistic investigation for centuries. The artist Ivana Franke combines two aspects in her project Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown. She examines our perceptual processes when we confront something phenomenologically unknown. This book presents all the elements of a ‘retreat into darkness’: Franke's installation at the Ernst Schering Foundation – in which the reflections of light in a completely dark space afford new visual experiences – and the experiments of cognitive psychologist Bilge Sayim, alongside texts by Elena Agudio, Jimena Canales, Pierre Gallais, Sylvia C. Pont, and Anil K. Seth, all share of awareness that opens our eyes to the poetry of the unknown. Published by Spector Books (Leipzig). 

176 pages, 24 x 16 cm, softcover, Spector Books (Leipzig).