Agency for Unseen Sights

Questioning Sight and Seeing

Esmée Willemsen

September / September - 2022

Universität der Künste Berlin

Bachelor of Arts


“Agency of Unseen Sights” investigates how places are perceived when they are marked with objects indicating there is something to see. The aim is to question the act of seeing; how our eyes are guided and steered through a physical space. Are we drawn to see something? Or is everything considered worth seeing once it is marked as such? This newly founded agency provides an infrastructure to turn anywhere into a ‘must-see’ place of interest. Objects offer the possibility to make invisible “sights” visible. It critically questions the way we travel to gain new perspectives and experiences, and the reasons why we go to certain places to look at them. Does the place need to be interesting enough to attract attention, or is it the circumstances? Can scenic views be enjoyed anywhere?