Perception through Technology (2011)

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Perception is defined by the dictionary as the act of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind. Due to the chemical imbalances within the human brain we have assimilated to a set of perceptual boundaries, restraining our interpretation of art. A number of different elements determine our perceptual boundaries including sound, light, color and motions. Through the manipulation of these elements the modern day artist has the luxury to reach his audience through the multiple senses of the body, altering how we perceive the artwork as a whole. Prior to advances in technology, the addition of new elements to an art form was challenging. Vanishing Point by Derek Frankhauser is a great example of this. The piece revolves around a drawn out character attempting to escape his drawing, changing how we perceive his two dimensional home. Similar to Vanishing Point, Wow (intended for a white wall) by Jenifer Chan slowly rotates a projected painted image revealing its three dimensional shape. The artist uses linear outlines and shapes to manipulate the users' optical perception of space. This allows the audience to explore the different ways to perceive the same image. Tunnel vision by Isabel Hayeur and Eric Raymond uses a more intricate approach. Through 3D imaging the team explored the relationship of sound and light in relation to changes in human perception. The artwork reveals how the users' perception changes as the amount of sound and light are manipulated. Through the use of spatial perception the modern artist has the ability to transform their work from the virtual world to the physical, such as in Spatial Pathologies by Margot Krasojeevic. In Contemplace and Apeture by Eric Socolosfky, he takes the various elements which influence our perception to create an interactive piece of art. Due to the addition of elements the audiences' perception of the artwork could vary from user to user. Technology has allowed us to change the way we perceive modern art, taking the audience into a new artistic journey.

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