Exploratory projects

To begin my thesis explorations, I decided to focus on why I feel that eyesight and visual perception are relevant to me.

I did a 20-minute sketch of a personal story.

When I was about seven years old, I discovered (to my surprise) that I needed glasses.

Then, I sketched my proposed plan to go outside and try and capture the world a little differently than I might normally do.

 

What can I do in two hours?

After drawing this, I was a little scared to go outside without the perfect vision afforded by contact lenses. But I was wearing my glasses, so I'd be fine.

It was Halloween – a chaotic evening in the Village. My goal was to go outside wearing glasses, and take them off at regular intervals to see what I could/couldn’t see – and then take some pictures that might capture the feeling of having less than perfect vision.

My photos of Halloween are below. Here are a couple of observations from the exercise:

  • I can everything perfectly in the camera’s LCD display when I hold it in front of my face.
  • Lights look awesome when you are near-sighted, but the huge blurs they create make it really difficult to see anything else.
  • I’m more sensitive to sound when I can’t see very well.
  • It’s terrifying to walk down the street unable to see where you’re going. Especially on Halloween amidst a merry crowd of costumed revelers.

 

 

One thought on “Exploratory projects

  1. This whole blog entry is great, Kat. I hope you keep going. I have a couple of suggestions for you
    1. turn an impairment on its head (here’s Joseph Grigely, a deaf artist’s solution to communicating,a nd creating work about it)
    http://gandy-gallery.com/exhib/joseph_grigely/exhib_joseph_grigely.html
    2. what about touch and taste and smell?
    3. an experiential project that works directly on your cerebral cortex (look at KH’s work ZEE)
    http://www.kurthentschlager.com/

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