Double Vision

Double Vision is a series of five interrelated practice led research studies into artistic expression controlling perceptual experiences between audiences of varying visual acuities. The studies are conducted with the aim of understanding vision’s influence on perception. This is done in the context of red-green colour vision deficiency (CVD), commonly known as red-green colour blindness. The final study allows the audience to affect the images and sounds they are perceiving.

Perception is interrogated through practice encompassing aesthetic sensibilities, design principles, artistic notions of colour grouping, colour theory and physiology. Later studies introduce computer programming and sound.

This work seeks an understanding of how distinct visual populations see the world, and using that knowledge to explore and manipulate their perception of the world, through the medium of art. Additionally, it strives to access other’s perceptual world. This investigation culminated in the production of art that differentially communicated messages to audiences of differing visual ability, translating those messages between audiences, while simultaneously unifying the experience through sound.

The research questions of Double Vision evolved in response to the results of artistic practice. Initially, practice led investigations into the expressive relationship between tactile and visual perception. Subsequent exploration considered study results, refining the questions to continue progression. That evolution resulted in two interrelated questions: ‘Can artwork can be intentionally created to be experienced differently dependent on one’s visual abilities? If so, can those experiences be shared?’ The last question, ‘Can an analogy to colour deficient vision be created that engages both those with CVD and the typically sighted?’, ends the investigations.

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