his novel "Blindness", Jose Saramago tells of a contagious
blindness that spreads rapidly, rendering the entire population
order and democracy are quickly replaced by brutal survival tactics
and the law of physical might. Greed, cruelty and horrific exploitation
become the norm.
the penultimate scene the novel's protagonist enters a church
now used as a shelter. Every painting and statue within the building
has had its eyes painted out, covered or effaced. In a world where
humanity is blind Saramago suggests, humans have decided that
God does not deserve to see.
SARAMAGO is an event proposed for the Victoria and Albert
Museum, UK. For one day only, every statue in the Museum must
have it's eyes blindfolded. At the end of the day, the blindfolds
version was shown in the Digital Responses programme at the Victoria
& Albert Museum, December 2002.