30 October - 18 December 2010

Liudvikas Buklys

Why are some things called 'optical devices' while others are not? The common definition covers only objects related to electromagnetic fields and light (prisms, mirrors, telescopes) when it could be infinitely broader without losing any sense. In the end, is there really a fundamental difference between a planetarium and a flowerpot if your aim is to see things?

Let us venture the following definition: every thing which affects a field of objects around itself - by bending, protruding, bifurcating, manipulating, transporting and circumscribing them - should be called an optical device.

The novel is one optical device to give a good example. Not a particular novel, but the literary genre as a whole. If you look through it, objects become memories and expectations, they appear to be like sponges for the stories around them.

A bicycle is another example of an optical device which imposes a universal rhythm on the world. Ther e might be many others - a chair, fear, a wooden shelf, a marble bead.

Now the plan is a follows: first, an exhibition will take place, we will look at it and see where it goes; second, we will take take the same exhibition as a starting point and try to look through it. Yes, that's right - we will use this very exhibition as an optical device. In a few weeks. (...)


Photo: The White Project