End Presentation : Art and Conscious of Mind

After all the intense but extremely informative lectures and workshops I have definitely gained a lot of new inspirations and ideas for my dissertation and subject.

I have never covered so many ideas about consciousness and our minds in this depth before, which was quite mind blowing at times.

I thought the workshops were very interesting and I found ideas that I want to continue to explore;

  • We see the  formless and our consciousness (mind) makes it up into forms. –> this really got me thinking when we were in Craig Thomas workshop and seeing his ideas on consciousness and his installation ‘Labyrinth’.

IMG_6286I realise I want to have an intention to make people feel the intention. I am interested in body and mind and how you can’t take both away from each other.

To challenge people with their perception through light movement and colours. To make people feel their body more.

I am very interested in Retrospectives and it is my key subject in my dissertation.

The work of James Turrell is a key for my inspiration. His art is amazing regarding the perception of light and environment.

James Turrell5                 James Turrell - After Green 2003

In his ‘After Green’ 2003 piece (right picture) you enter a dark room and your eyes slowly adjust to the environment and in this process of adaption phenomena will occur, you will start to see things that aren’t really there. Things that our eyes ie our mind produce. This is due to our brain needing to be entertained and therefore creates images in our minds. Things you will experience here in connection with yourself, with the infinity of a given space are completely unique. It’s like looking at an abstract art and our mind picking out shapes that are familiar to us. But in this case these examples are about object less art/spaces.

Turrell is able to able to place the viewer in a ‘theta’ or even ‘alpha’ state of altered conscious, something spiritual almost like meditation.

  • Multidimensional power of light and the complex and the instrument that is human being – light projected on the back of your neck and you’re able to feel a specific colour without it entering your eyes. Literally ‘seeing behind’.

I also started looking at the ‘Void’ and literal meaning of the word. ‘a completely empty space’. The void functions as a normative term, referring indirectly to something that should be be there but that isn’t. It’s like hidden imagery. Like looking at a painting’s x-ray and you can see another image underneath. But in this case when you come into the ‘void’ you will create your images, you are going to be challenged. So on the surface you won’t be able to see anything but as you emerge in the space and light your consciousness will receive different perceptions.

Void is nothing and yet it is something. 

‘The Voids’ – A Retrospective – Yves Klein ‘The Specialisation of Sensibility in the Raw material state of Stabilised Pictorial Sensibility’


  • Investigations on the monochrome and pure sensibility.
  • ‘Now I want to go beyond art, beyond sensibility, into life. I want to go into the void. ‘ – Yves Klein
  • To create ambiance of a pictorial climate that is real and for that reason even invisible.

Different perceptions of light that will travel through your nerve system and some may get lost on the way to your conscious making some unconsciousness ideas get lost. Colours do not exist in the real world , these colours are brain’s responses to the spectrum. A pre-reflective perception , no time to reflect just a perception of the space at that moment.

In my future work I want :

  • the interest of light and how it affects the viewer to be explored more.
  • I want light and colours to be my main subjects of projections, as Turrell said once ‘All descriptions of near death experiences, epiphany, etc. all things link to enlightenment. In the beginning there was light – it has a strong relationship with us humans.’
  • Perception psychology
  • Understanding colour
  • Create intention and make people feel the intentions.

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