The program explores different notions of the `unseen´ (the non-visible and the non-existent), the ways we look at things, or choose what we look at. Departing from recent events in Brazil and worldwide, the program seeks to investigate the idea of ‘publicness’ and the tensions that arise from increasing exploitation of urban and natural space. The Bienal serves as the venue for creation and research, implementing the educational model of the “school” as a form of mental theater capable of creating new horizons for action, production and reflection.
Bik Van der Pol understand artistic practice as strategy for emancipation and a potential response to public issues. The recent occupations of public squares worldwide, the increasing exploitation of private information, and the large migration movements demonstrate space as urgency, as a site of conflict over rights, information, relations and objects.
Turning a Blind Eye emphasizes on the temporary visibility, the 'visible bundling' of learning practice as the production of future capital, united in a temporary structure that not only accommodates these dynamics but also renders them visible; a space where learning, looseness, and focused experiences are anticipated in continuous changing dynamics. The program aims to generate an engaged public for its activities by involving the participation of the those involved in the Bienal (for instance the large group of educators), the general public, and students of the School of Missing Studies and universities and organisations in Sao Paulo.
See the project's Facebook, and Program Turning a Blind Eye at 31st Bienal of Sao Paulo