panoramic photo of the red and white paint job in the bathroom at Zero Gravity circus school
Kensington Market, Dundas and Denison st., Toronto, Canada.


Digital Geometry
from a biology of vision to strategies for seeing

The eye sees only what the mind is ready to comprehend. Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

Psychologist Solomon Ash has shown that peer pressure can make people see blue as green.(¹)

We believe we see in a fairly objective manner
but vision is severely mediated at subconscious levels;
the information recorded by the retina is interpreted before reaching consciousness,
rescripted by what we think or believe; vision is remapped to our expectations.

A view captured by the retina is a concave curvature that's corrected by optic functions before reaching consciousness. In Kurosawa's film Rashomon three witnesses tell different tales and so with this work,
where technology is the witness interfering between reality and ourselves.


Our eyes constantly scan the environment and from these multiple scans
a view is stitched together and presented to consciousness.
These panoramas are digitally assembled from up to 40 shots.
The curvature comes from the distance of each object to the lens,
which mimics the biology of vision before our unconscious reshapes what we see.

Our technology extends biology, reshaping senses, extending vision
Our individual sight is subjective but since reality is a shared agreement,
these image reveal what we look at but rarely notice; the boundaries of our perceptive strategies.

Photographic nature is expected to be impartial, democratic, not to favor one aspect over another,
yet our visual template is always ethnocentric, culturally selective. Here presented with a new way of seeing,
this temporary surprise gives us an outsider's perspective of an everyday, ubiquitous visuality.
These distortion upsets our expectations, creates a momentary gap where we can see fresh and anew,
relying more on experience than on what we're told or have learned to expect.


(¹)Psychology lab tests, 1951, Solomon Ash et al. Howard Bloom, Global Brain


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