Galerie-P6-Berlin is pleased to present the group exhibition I saw you staring out in space!
What can happen when we let our minds wander – excessively or even for a fleeting moment? Gazing into the abyss, our eyes glazed over, where do we go? This ‘place’ is a phenomenon where we spend 47% of our waking lives.
Another realm of our illusions.
Desire, joy and fantasy come slinking through… dopamine kicks in. It causes us to want, to seek out, to search. Neurons start making connections between things we didn’t even see before. In these moments, we blur or close our eyes… and become transported. It is an incantation in which to see our world in another way, albeit through rosy-tinted glasses – a queered gaze, a kind of utopian dream, a post ‘something’ future, a space we have created for ourselves. A castle in the sky. A place to be free.
There are different motivations for that search, that staring into space. For some, it’s a form of pleasure, lust, musing, a creative phantasm. For others, it’s a defence mechanism or even a coping response to trauma. Staring, longing, yearning for something… To be touched. To be heard. To be seen. Imagining ourselves somewhere else. Out of a stressful situation. In a different class structure. Out of a marginalized society. A place where we set the standards. It is a psychological tactic to conjure a world, or simply a moment, outside of the one we are in; a shift of perspective. An Arcadia. It is a rare moment when an individual can be the center of the universe and have the capability to twist their own fate – if only in a daydream…
Through multiple artistic positions and queer perspectives in the exhibition I saw you staring out in space, we experience these curious journeys through the eyes of the artists.
Through the manipulations of the senses, desires, and the free associations of the mind, we experience new planes of existence through the visions of the artists in the exhibition I saw you staring out in space. Are such experiences merely a mirror of ourselves, an alternate reality perhaps, or something more profound?
Christa Joo Hyun D’ Angelo
The exhibition is curated by Sadie Weis.