The Touching Eye

Tim Mosley
14 To 25 July

The Austrian Art Historian Alois Riegl (1858-1905), who “in some marvelous pages, gave fundamental aesthetic status to the couple close vision–haptic space” (Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus), is recognised as a central figure in an emerging arena of haptic aesthetics.

Riegl understood perception as a collaboration between the eye, touch and the mind. This collaboration could include the recollection of a previous perception. So, human perception can also be the product of the eye, the memory of touch and the mind and this is the basis of a metaphorical touching eye. The eye can ‘touch’ what it sees if the mind can recall a hand previously touching it.


Tim Mosley will be exhibiting concurrently and in conjunction with abbe artists books brisbane event being held at the Queensland College of Art, 226 Grey St, Southbank  from 9 – 24 July.