Emma Åvall

Emma Åvall, The Controlled Hallucinations of a Fragmented Gaze, 2021

The Controlled Hallucinations of a Fragmented Gaze

The Controlled Hallucinations of a Fragmented Gaze investigates the complexity of the gaze and focuses specifically on the fragmented gaze as a consequence of the increasing speed in mass-information society. The glitch is used as a metaphor for this consequence and refers to the digital sphere as a primary source for the accelerating tempo. This is also connected to the power structures of spectatorship; the woman as image, the man as gaze.

Through a series of portraits, each accompanied with a shorter text written from the perspective of the painting, The Controlled Hallucinations of a Fragmented Gaze attempts to challenge the gaze and the notions around it with active looking and by applying the images time and agency. Using altered photography adds a digitality that creates a contrasting dialogue with the time-consuming layer of paint. The enquiry is based on research of different ways of seeing as well as ideas and thoughts around images, mass-media, and mass-information and their influence on our senses and sense of self.