Camera Obscura : Mary and her Qualia, 2021 (for Frank)

Sponsored by : Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung @galerieabtart

Shot on ultralargeformat blackandwhite negative.
Lifesize Silverprint — Edition of 5


The knowledge argument (also known as Mary’s room or Mary the super-scientist) is a philosophical thought experiment proposed by Frank Jackson in his article „Epiphenomenal Qualia“ (1982) and extended in „What Mary Didn’t Know“ (1986).
The experiment describes Mary, a scientist who exists in a black and white world where she has extensive access to physical descriptions of color, but no actual human perceptual experience of color. The central question of the thought experiment is whether Mary will gain new knowledge when she goes outside the black and white world and experiences seeing in color.
— Wikipedia