‘Doomed to See’

Andreas Gefeller: BLANK, Hatje Cantz, 2016

‘Doomed to See’ is an essay written by David Campany for Andreas Gefeller’s book BLANK. Published by Hatje Cantz, 2016. German / English, 128 pp., 46 ills., 29.00 x 32.00 cm, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-7757-4116-3

Opening paragraph:

“Our metaphors of light are ubiquitous and profound, and have lasted for millennia. Everyday language is full of them, and they are used so often without even a second thought. We talk of knowledge as illumination. We are exposed to new ideas, and over-exposed to too many. When we are confused, we are in the dark. Ignorance is a form of blindness. Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel. Intelligent people are bright; the unintelligent are dim. When a cartoon character gets an idea, a shining light bulb appears above their head. New ideas come in a flash. The turn from superstition to reason was a turn to enlightenment. Meanwhile the superstitious texts of religion contain endless references shining paths, to God as light, light as wisdom, and light as truth. The unbelieving are banished into darkness. And if you understand, you see what I mean.”