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Mapping Perception

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Mapping Perception

Mapping Perception was a four year collaboration between Giles Lane, curator and producer, Andrew Kötting, the acclaimed director of 'Gallivant' and 'This Filthy Earth', and Mark Lythgoe, neurophysiologist at the Institute of Child Health, London with the participation of Eden Kötting. Mapping Perception examined the limits of human perception through an investigation of impaired brain function, making visible the connections between scientific and artistic explorations of the human condition, probing the thin membrane between the able and the disabled. At the heart of the project is Eden, Andrew’s daughter. She was born at Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1988 with a rare genetic disorder – Joubert Syndrome – causing cereberal vermis hypoplasia and several other neurological complications. Eden participated in the project as both a catalyst and a cypher for a more general investigation into how we see the world and perceive difference.

'We spent almost four years working together and eventually produced a website, a gallery installation, a 35mm film and a book. We trawled back through a lot of my early archive of Eden as well as hours of Public Information films on the nature of disability'. Andrew Kotting

'Scientists and artists share an unquenchable curiosity and desire to question the world in which we live. Their methods, processes and outcomes may be worlds apart but their journeys can intertwine in united voyages of discovery. Mapping Perception is just such an experimental entanglement – the sum of four years of collaborative thinking, arguing, discussing, sharing and creating, borne of a shared passion, a common interest – perception.' Giles Lane, Curator

The exhibition 'Mapping Perception' was presented Southwark Park Galleries (fomerly CGP London) in 2002.

Published by Proboscis, 2002, softcover with CD, 72 pages, 19cm x 21cm

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