Beam In Thine Own Eye

'Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed', is Jesus' absurdist counterpoint to Thomas' philosophy, which is usually distilled to 'Seeing is believing'. Here we construct reality by guessing, or by building a series of portraits.

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia.
From Friday 14 June 2013 to Sunday 28 July 2013

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Published by Museum of Old and New Art on Sunday 02 June 2013.
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In fact, we manufacture our view of reality by verifying, and perhaps refuting, hypotheses through the process of testing them against our observations. We decide what we believe by reference to our experiences, construct theories that make forecasts and test them against what actually happens. I suspect that a cup of tea will cool more slowly if I add milk sooner than later, but I could be wrong. Something like believing until we see otherwise, which is what Thomas actually did. That’s why he was Thomas the Doubter. And that’s why I am David the Doubter.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
-Matthew 7:3

Here, the ‘beam that is in thine own eye’ is meant to refer to the faults in ourselves, but it beautifully conjures the notion of our reality shining from within. The conversation we have with art is a conversation with ourselves. And in this Dark Mofo exhibition, Beam In Thine Own Eye, we let the mind’s eye shine.

-David Walsh

Warning: If you have any history of photosensitive epilepsy, you are strongly advised not to enter the exhibition. Due to the immersive nature of the installation, there is a danger of motion sickness, trance-like states and blackouts; and epileptic seizures may be experienced in varying degrees. In addition, people suffering from asthma or general breathing problems, migraine and headaches, eye and ear diseases, or claustrophobia, are advised not to enter. Pregnant women, children and those below the age of 18 may not attend ZEE.

There is limited capacity in each installation.

Beam in Thine Own Eye is part of the Dark Mofo festival.