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The mind is a voice, the voice is blind by Simon Lehner

Jun 24, 2020 - Simon Lehner

Today I’m introducing my ongoing work The mind is a voice, the voice is blind.
The work examines the cognitive dialogue between memories and the conscious. Coming from experiences of emotional and domestic violence the series studies how we process experiences through images as it touches themes of childhood, mental health and depicts my attempt to grasp the past through the medium.

Through iterations of the photographic process the work attempts to make
lived experiences of domestic violence and memory of trauma tangible as it
reflects a search for language and establishes an emotional layer through the
medium itself.

The recurring 3D animated image of a boy was generated through a method of reconstructing lens-based images of myself as a ten-year-old. These renderings reference patterns of being stuck in a traumatic stage through physical gestures and fundamental elements of image making. Image remnants from my generated childhood bedroom float around, as the simulated sun forms nostalgia. Contents of algorithm-based sculptures are distorted and only visible when looked at from a specific angle.

All these elements spawn from the process of the confabulated memory of
the software and reference perception and the unconscious distortions of our

That’s it from Simon and Antonio this week, thanks der Greif for having us!