“ignorance lies at the two ends of knowledge.” Alexis de Tocqueville

The Two Ends Of Knowledge

Doll, plastic skull and construction foam. Ca. 30x60x20 cm – 12x24x8 in
This work is part of the ongoing project What Makes Us Humans, Vol. 3: Information Society.
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What is reality? What is consciousness? What is the role of information? Is reality only what we can or may understand? In this context: do we create reality, as we understand our surrounding context?

The reflection on information has become central in today’s debate about consciousness and perception of reality. I am conscious therefore I am. Through the accumulation of history humankind was able to grow in information and, therefore, in perception of realness. But it is this same accumulated information what makes us doubt about the realness we experience. Such a context defies the definition itself of the word information –to give form to the mind. What is the power of information in a complex society such as today’s? Is information acting as the anti-matter of sensible reality? We are symbolic creatures: how do we explain reality?

“ignorance lies at the two ends of knowledge.”