PLATO'S CAVE

EIDIA House

An opaque "skylight" illuminates the white tiled vault revealing the shadows of passersby. The effect is analogous to the scenario in Plato's, The Allegory of the Cave.

Invited artists will create an installation and a limited edition artwork for the vault space taking off from the many ideas represented in The Allegory of the Cave. In this context—as Plato himself—the artist is a lover and seeker of truth.

In keeping with the Eidia House moniker, ''a meeting place for ideas'' and ''idée force'' (the arts as an instrument for positive social change) a dinner and round-table will be held for the artists and invited guests during the duration of the one-month exhibition.

Is our world like that of the inhabitants of Plato's Cave—in fear of the real truth that lies beyond the shadow of the façade? The Eidia House Plato’s Cave posits that the "shadows" are not the reality, and that reality continues to elude us.

Where as, to quote the philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, ''Say, are the puppeteers who deal with the shapes political manipulators, so that Plato also proposes an implicit theory of ideological manipulation, or are we, cavemen, directly deluding ourselves? However, there is a deeper problem here, which could be best put in Hegel's terms. One can, of course, start with the naïve notion of people perceiving true reality from a limited/distorted perspective and thus constructing in our imagination false idols which we mistake for the real thing; the problem with this naïve notion is that it reserves for us the external position of a neutral observer who can, from his safe place, compare true reality with its distorted mis(perception). What gets lost here is that we all ARE these people in the case-so how can we, immersed into the cave's spectacle, as it were step onto our own shoulder and gain insight into true reality?'' J E P - Number 18 - 2004 / 1 ''Burned by the Thing'' Slavoj Zizek http://www.psychomedia.it/jep/number18/zizek.htm

The limited editions will be co-produced by the artists and Eidia. The artist group Eidia (pronounced idea) is the collaboration of Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf.

For more information contact Melissa P. Wolf at: eidiahouse@earthlink.net.

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Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Ellen K. Levy

"Colonizing Plato's Cave: Remembering the Future", installation at Plato's Cave, December 7 to December 28, 2013

[ Plato's Cave Press EIDIA Presents Ellen Levy (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

John Conomos

"DADA BUSTER" installation at Plato's Cave, September 28 - October 19, 2013

[ Plato's Cave Press EIDIA Presents John Conomos (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Alex Melamid

"SMOKE 'EM OUT - First National Grand Biennial Cookout Fair" Installation at Plato's Cave, July 6 to July 27, 2013

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Alex Melamid (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

EIDIA / John Cage

"FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists' Cookbook" installation at Plato's Cave, December 13 to December 15, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press EIDIA Presents John Cage (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Todd Ayoung

"ACTUALITY and LAUGHTER" installation at Plato's Cave, October 27 to November 24, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Todd Ayoung (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Chloë Bass

Bank Vault (Bureau of Self-Recognition) installation at Plato's Cave, September 7 to September 29, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Chloë Bass (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown : Alex Gawronski, Scott Donovan and Carla Cescon

"I.C.A.N. Occupy's EIDIA" installation at Plato's Cave, April 13 to May 12, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press Release EIDIA & I.C.A.N. exchange exhibitions (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

EIDIA @ I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown

"EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N." installation at I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Australia, March 23 to April 8, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press Release EIDIA & I.C.A.N. exchange exhibitions (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Clark Stoeckley

Collateral Torture 24 hour live performance and installation at Plato's Cave, January 20 to February 18, 2012

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Clark Stoeckley (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Jim Costanzo

Jim Costanzo & the Aaron Burr Society installation and detail views at Plato's Cave November 5 to November 26, 2011 (extended to December 3, 2011)

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Jim Costanzo (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Brad Buckley

"Manifest Destiny?" installation at Plato's Cave, September 10 to October 8, 2011

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Brad Buckley (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Pia Linz

"Box Engraving: Eidia House Studio" performance and installation in EIDIA House Studio, January 15 to February 18, 2011

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Pia Linz (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Hans Winkler

"buy a revolution" installation at Plato's Cave December 4, 2010 to January 8, 2011

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Hans Winkler (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Gregory Sholette

"Mole Light: God is truth and light his shadow" installation at Plato's Cave, October 2 to October 29, 2010

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Gregory Sholette (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Eidia House

"bp" Plato's Cave project, Summer 2010

[ Plato's Cave Summer Show (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Elaine Angelopoulos

"Protect, Preserve, Perpetuate" installation at Plato's Cave, June 9 to July 9, 2010

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Elaine Angelopoulos (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Marni Kotak

"Hot Water Bags" live performperformance and installation at Plato's Cave, April 9, 2010 to May 6, 2010

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Marni Kotak (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Anthony McCarty

"i" installation at Plato's Cave March 6 to April 2, 2010

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Anthony McCarty (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Lisa Bateman

"what I remember most is this" installation at Plato's Cave, December 4, 2009 to January 16, 2010

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Lisa Bateman (PDF File) ]

Plato's Cave

Beate Schlingelhoff

"Sympathique? Antipathique?" installation at Plato's Cave October 24 to November 15, 2009

[ Plato's Cave Press Release Bea Schlingelhoff (PDF File) ]

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