interactive video installation

1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA

What Are You Looking At?
in collaboration with Science Gallery Dublin

17.11.2017 - 19.02.2018

SIMULACRA is an optophysical experimental. At its heart are four LCD monitor panels, which are assembled in the form of a hollow square, and installed at eye level in the middle of the room. The ensemble appears internally gutted, overgrown and embraced. A tangle of cables and control devices pours out of the middle of the square. All around it several magnifying lenses dangle from chains. The imageless glaring ray of the monitors looks as if the images had fallen out of them. What remains is the essence of the medium: Light.
But the images are still in the screens. It requires only a small visual aid to recognise them.

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or the optic chiasm? Do artists really look at the world differently, or for that matter does sex, species, or attitude change what you see? Is vision just one way to see? How do our brains interpret what’s in front of our eyes? How do machines understand what they’re looking at, and will they change how we look at the world?
SEEING illuminates different perspectives on enhanced vision, augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and alternatives to vision. We explore how seeing is more than just looking, and vision can be just one of the many ways of seeing. How does the brain interpret the world our eyes glimpse, and how will computers, artificial intelligence, and machines change this? Is there something special about this dominant sense, or should we trust half of what we hear and none of what we see?

At SEEING, we tackle the complex sensory experience of vision and perception, and illuminate optics, perspective, and comprehension. SEEING explores the subjectivity of sight, the other senses that shape our view of the world, and the unexpected parallels between human and machine vision.  

— Machine vision, AI
— Facial recognition
— Visual Impairment
— Colour-blindness
— Emotions, empathy

A loss of sight exposes the act of seeing, as we explore new sensory modalities to construct our mental models, co-opting other senses and pushing our imagination to its limits. Optical illusions and artworks expose some of the mental machinery of seeing, giving us a glimpse into the artifice and illusion that our brains use to construct a working model of the world. Through the experience of SEEING the visitor is given the opportunity to appreciate the heightened perception of artists, radiologists and other experts who can see into the hidden depths of imagery allowing us to extract new meaning and augment our own understanding of this extraordinary sense.
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Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discoverywhere science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages people to learn throughtheir interests. Since opening in 2008, over two million visitors to the gallery have experiencedmore than 37 unique exhibitions ranging from living art experiments to materials science and fromthe future of the human race to the future of play.
Science Gallery Dublin develops an everchangingprogramme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers,students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is onproviding programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate socialconnections, always providing an element of surprise. Science Gallery Dublin is kindly supportedby the Wellcome Trust as founding partner, and by ‘Science Circle’ members — Deloitte, ESB, Google, ICON, NTR Foundation, and Pfizer. Science Gallery Dublin receives support fromprogramme partners Bank of Ireland, Intel Ireland, The Ireland Funds and The Marker Hotel. Italso receives government support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht andScience Foundation Ireland. Science Gallery Dublin’s media partner is The Irish Times.

Inspired by the model pioneered at Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery International is an independent non-profit leading the creation of the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The galleries, pop-up programmes and touring exhibitions of the Global Science Gallery Network are founded on the belief that young people hold the creative potential to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. The Network has already reached millions of 15-25 year olds worldwide. In addition to Science Gallery Dublin, galleries and programmes are currently in development at King’s College London, University of Melbourne and the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, with expansion into North and Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia planned by 2020. Science Gallery International has toured exhibitions to twelve cities on three continents, with exhibitions set to travel to Miami, New Jersey, Portland, Stockholm and Singapore in 2017. To learn more about Science Gallery International and the Global Science Gallery Network, visit. > more

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon, United States. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology. Transient exhibits span a wider range of disciplines. > more

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