In an essay titled ‘Hapticity and Time: Notes on Fragile Architecture’, Juhani Pallasmaa argues that vision has become the dominant sense, with much of design and architecture created with primarily ocular responses in mind. With many aspects of life being conducted through one technological platform or another, it’s easy to identify with Pallasmaa’s concept of a visual hegemony. This focus on responding only to the visual arguably creates a deprivation of other sensory experiences, and in turn, a sensitivity for other modalities.
For ‘Observe’, Alexander Jackson Wyatt interferes with the architectural features of A-CH Gallery, appropriating the main window of the gallery space, imagery from failed Polish housing projects and an exhibit titled AUFTRAG; BEOBACTUNG (TASK: OBSERVE) from the Stasi Museum. Through the connections created between the appropriated images and architectural features, Jackson Wyatt encourages both a critique and an extension of the use of our visual sense, asking viewers to develop a heightened awareness of their position as an observer. The exhibition will also feature diverse responses by Alrey Batol, Rachael Archibald, and Kiah Reading.