I couldn’t be more thrilled – the PhD’s at CalTech in Pasadena have agreed to begin a collaboration with me to study fMRI imaging of the brain while test subjects look at single perspective and AMPED 3D images.
I made a presentation regarding the possibility to transition from referential imagery to imagery that, in many ways, can be perceived in a real way. This is something that multi perspective imagery can facilitate, in my opinion. Now, with fMRI data, this theory can be proven- or at least some light can be shed on the subject.
The reason this is so important to me is that, for a long time, I have been convinced that there is an emotional connection to multi perspective imagery that is fundamentally different as compared to single perspective imagery. I want to understand this difference and through that understanding, advance the art in new and exciting ways. If you think about it, it is very radical – this notion that imagery can be experienced as “real”. It presents a paradox to the mind and I believe there are parts that are very positive and parts that are negative. For example, when we look at a drawing there is no confusion about the fact that the drawing is a drawing. We immediately interpret the drawing in a referential way. When looking at a multi perspective photograph we see the space between things and there is a moment where it isn’t clear whether or not what we are looking at is real, given that we can see into the photograph. My question is how far can this “realness” be extended? What happens at the tipping point where the decision happens regarding whether to perceive the image as real or referential? What parts of this experience are positive and what parts are negative?
Stay tuned, this journey is about to get very interesting!