Optical illusion experiment
Design and art direction by Barbara Borko, with the help of Kristína Zákopčanová and Nick Acorne.
July 2017, part of the Inbetween interactive art exhibition
The idea for the piece was developed by the curator Nick Acorne, inspired by the work of George Orwell. The visitor was encouraged take the boards with the drawn pattern into his hands and move it around to find hidden messages. The hidden messages were 2x2=4 and they were places on several positions.
„In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?“ George Orwell, 1984.
The graphic was drawn with acrylic markers on the wall of Forum Stadtpark gallery in Graz.