Discussion: In the Eye of the Beholder: Ethical Dimensions of Perception
Wednesday, December 14 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The exhibition XYZ:NYC 10 Downing seeks to challenge the participants’ experience of a particular site through visual, physical and psychological exercises on perception. These include traditional optical illusions such as strategically placed mirrors and a camera obscura as well as new technological fixtures like wearable video headgear.
Disorientation, self-perception and empathy are simultaneously experienced through the works. With much of our everyday space dominated by visual images, to what extent are we consciously aware of what we see? How can this perception lead to judgment or moral action?
The conversation will discuss the interchanges between seeing and human moral behavior, touching upon how the visual can be used to create a meaning and a reflection on one´s own principles. Esteemed panelists are:
Emily Balcetis, Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University;
Randy Cohen, writer and former author of The New York Times' The Ethicist;
The artists Natasha Johns-Messenger and Leslie Eastman.
Moderated by Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass.
Reception begins at 7pm with commencement of the panel at 7:15pm. This event is generously supported by Stonehenge Partners and 10 Downing Food & Wine.
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XYZ:NYC 10 Downing