“I think I scan, I think I scan, I think I scan. And I touch, in order to see. Scanning is a visual movement, a sweeping glance, a skim, an analysis, and a conversion. To scan is to look quickly, and also to look carefully. In the digital realm, scanning demands proximity, it is intimate in this way. The seeing eye of the machine is a reader of surfaces, recording traces of a perceptual and tactile encounter. In the land of the flatbed, touch, vision, and memory become inseparable. In this sense, the seeing organ is more akin to a tongue than an eye, a close-up form of perception and ingestion, licking blindly in the dark.” – Chantal Faust. 2018
The Koppel Project is pleased to present Natur Blick, curated by Augustine Carr and Paula Zambrano, which brings together the work of ten contemporary artists who investigate the concept of ‘scanning’. The works included vary from photography to installation, video to performance, and sculpture as well as accompanying texts by Chantal Faust.
Natur Blick, which roughly translates to the ‘nature of looking’ is derived from Goethe’s quote, “Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” It explores various interpretations of a ‘scan’. Furthermore, it invites us to first consider scanning as a way to absorb what we see around us, and then to dwell on the thoughts and perceptions that capture us, on the ideas and feelings that, inversely, scan us. Natur Blick therefore takes place in both the physical and experiential worlds.
Alongside this exhibition, The Koppel Project Hive will host two performances by the LUNATRAKTORS featuring Carli Jefferson & Clair Le Couteur. With a combination of percussion and vocals, the LUNATRAKTORS explore how the word ‘scan’ can be used to describe the rhythm or structure of verse, by tapping the foot.
Paula Zambrano, 2018