The subject of "Out-SIGHT-In" is an artistic
experiment into overcoming perceptual boundaries and expanding the limits
of the senses.
During a six-month residency at Cité International
des Arts in Paris in 2001, I began my olfactory field research with cartographic
drawings noting the smells - forming a many-layered web of ways. Since
smells cannot be recorded and reproduced as easily as visual or acoustic
impressions, I began to develop innovative ways of presenting the results
of my research.
The first result of this work was the project Out-SIGHT-In
which was realized for the Palais de Tokyo in 2002. This project consisted
of several parts (inside and outside) and was an interactive project between
blind and seeing people.
The first part of Out-SIGHT-In took place in the streets
and buildings in the neighbourhood of the Palais de Tokyo. A blind person
led small groups of sighted people (wearing specially-designed eye-masks)
through the neighbourhood and opened up for them a new (but in fact an
archaic) world of sense impressions. Senses which have been neglected
like hearing, touching and smelling were called into consciousness to
discover a new perception of space. The blind woman verbalized her inner
pictures - and transmitted a visual world through imagination.