Floaters are opacities of different sizes and consistencies present in the vitreous humor of the eye. They manifest as dark spots, black dots, circles, lines or filaments. Many of us have already made this experience. They are particularly noticeable when the gaze is on a plain background, a clear sky or a white wall. The floaters we see are just actually shadows of their own bodies. Floating in the vitreous (central portion of the eye), they are visible due to the shadow they project on the retina, having a refractive index different from the one of the vitreous body. When we move our eyes, the floater follows, and when we try to fix it, we are unable to see it. These visual interferences which disturb our vision and which are only the shadow of themselves, lead us to rethink the notions of look, perception, real and reality. Wouldn’t this fugitive and fleeing body that we can see on the surface of our retina be able to help us understand that there is no objective reality? Will this contain the chance to remodel the vision of our daily life and lead us to the inbetween of understanding reality and reading reality?
By creating presence in a place of absence, the floater may give us the proof of an imperceptible reality. A floating, in a space between the tangible and the intangible, would show us a new field of action, another way of apprehending what surrounds us. Like the floaters, this exhibition is thought as a diaphanous path, blurring the senses and perceptions of the viewer. The works presented have different natures, playing with natural elements, disturbing the impossible in appearance, disappearance or revelation. The set wants to caress the fleetingness of the floater at the right point, in a permanent dialogue between discernment and blindness. (Capucine Vadebrouck)