Azadeh Shladovsky

Qualia: Into the Void

Qualia: Into the Void

Qualia is defined as the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena. Qualia: Into the Void is an allegory of darkness and light evocative of Plato's cave. In Shladovsky's account, the journey into darkness is the only path to finding light and truth. Here the journey is not just psychological but physical as well, maintaining that sight is a multi-sensory act and not a static/passive state. The artistic expression, represented by  Azadeh's functional work (the Void chair) and the presence of painter Alexander James, becomes a symbol of both sophist and steward, and ultimately serves as the vehicle for the subject's transformation.