Ivana Franke

Sat. 05.11, 11:00-12:00
Floor 2: Speaker Lounge

Ivana Franke is a visual artist based in Berlin. She focuses on the threshold of our visual and spatial perception. Her works, mainly in form of light installations, objects and prints create phenomena that often appear ephemeral, ambiguous, wavering, or ‘mysterious’ – perceptually evident and cognitively puzzling, at the same time they are obvious and momentarily impossible to explain or measure. She employs complex geometric spatial patterns that give rise to perceptual multistability, visual features that make phenomena appear animate, flicker induced quasy-hallucinations, threshold spatial resolutions , as well as various modes of reflection and refraction of light and it’s renderings on invisible spatial structures. Getting final shape in our minds, her works exist at the interface between physical and mental space.

Franke studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and participated in postgraduate research program in Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan. She was granted several artist residencies including P.S.1, MoMa in New York in 2001, Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 2004, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2014. As a grantee she participated in the work of Institut fur Raumexperimente, University of Arts, Berlin in 2009/2010.

She collaborated with neuroscientist Ida Momennejad on her project Seeing with Eyes Closed and co-organized interdisciplinary symposiums/panel discussions during exhibitions in Peggy Guggenheim in Venice (2011), Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2012) and Lauba in Zagreb (2012) and co-edited the book of the same title (AoN, Berlin 2011). The installation was further presented in Max Planck Science Gallery in Berlin (2013), NASA in Amsterdam (2013), Wood Street Gallery in Pittsburgh (2014) among other venues. In collaboration with vision scientist Bilge Sayim she exhibited and lectured at European Conference of Visual Perception in Liverpool (2015), and at The Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson (2016), Arizona.