Alternate Visual Realities A physical exploration and extended research project into how visual impairment and eye conditions impact and change the way we see. More specifically, what these alternate perspectives look like when isolated. The outcome is three pieces that together represent how certain individuals view the world. The first is an audio piece, which informs two installations, one that focuses on the condition Astigmatism and the other that looks at the more abstract phenomena called visual snow.
Alternate Views - Audio (7:29) A narrative created from interviews, focusing on subjective descriptions and translation of abstract imagery associated with various visual impairments and eye conditions.
Astigmatism - (Steel, glass, light) Astigmatism is a type of refractive error in which the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina, and results in distorted or blurred vision at all distances.
A lens of high magnification is set within a bespoke, pivoting metal frame. It's scientific, astronomical and medical appearance conveys authority and enables viewers to experience the condition directly.
Visual Noise - (Steel, wood, screen) Visual snow or noise is a transitory or persisting disorder resulting in television-like static across the visual field — constantly and in all lighting conditions, though most noticeable on plain surfaces, white walls, and with closed eyes.
This piece uses material and digital effects to mimic biological anomalies in visual perception. The screen inside the box displays digitally-created television static and glitched, data-moshed footage, physically manipulated super 8mm film and video taken through a hacked videotape deck.