Grenzwerte des Visuellen in Künsten und Wissenschaften
[Vision Defets. Thresholds of the Visual in Arts and Sciences]
What significance do psychogenic visual disorders, rotating discs, blind children, spiritualistic phenomena, perception experiments and blind photographers have for the development of the disciplines of physiology and ophthalmology or for aesthetic and literary discourses? How have they shaped our understanding of seeing, which has long since ceased to be a purely physiological ability, but rather a socially, historically and culturally pre-figured activity? The contributions of this interdisciplinary volume show that the knowledge of seeing and of the eye is constituted decisively beyond the boundaries of seeing. Whether in physiological, philosophical or psychoanalytical discourses; whether in literature, the visual arts or film - it is always the failure of the visual, the clouding of the gaze or the restriction of the field of vision that is supposed to provide information on how 'correct' vision functions.