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Installation view: Onset, Niklas Belenius Gallery, Stockholm. Optikinutic drum. Photograph Niklas Belenius Gallery.

Onset

2012. Pigment print, MDF, cardboard, electrometer. 25 x 20 x 20 cm. Rotation speed 0.5 rpm.s

While looking at the hypnotic rotating object with stripes, one actually sees a cloud of wavy vibrating colorful particles and feels slightly dizzy. After a certain length of time, the image is imprinted in one’s mind, as an afterimage. It stays with the viewer for a long time, adding the layer which accompanies the visitor on the journey throughout the exhibition. Onset changes one’s perception of the surroundings, since the afterimage reappears - later and elswhere – merging with the images and experiences of the other art works in the exhibition.

Onset borrows the form of optokinetic drum. Optokinetic drum is a rotating instrument with black and white stripes, used as an estimate of visual acuity. The eyes are subject to a moving visual field while the viewer remains still. The frequency of the stripes and the rotation speed of the object are modified.

The inspiration for Onset stems from the methods and phenomena used in medicine and neuroscience, employing black and white striped patterns for testing our perceptual thresholds and susceptibility to certain disorders. Rather then using them to indicate our limits, in Franke’s work these phenomena are used to elicit threshold experiences, as a travel through the cracks of our sense of stabile visual reality, and therefore expand the notion of reality itself.

Installation view: Onset, Niklas Belenius Gallery, Stockholm. Optikinutic drum. Photograph Niklas Belenius Gallery.