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Subconscious Levitation - Sight Modifying Mineral Constructions and The Subjects

Mrs Herskin

01/03/2010

SIGHTMODIFIERS

The project concentrates on the transformed sensation and perception of reality in our era. It examines how virtual reality – this indescribable and for the general intellect hardly perceptible new reality, new scientific technology that is available to us – influences our mind, our worldview.

The Sightmodifiers are optical constructions, headgears that influence sight and the wearer’s perception, thus distort his or her mind in a physical, analogue manner and seek to discover new dimensions of reality. These non-digital “virtual glasses” integrate classic optical lenses (prism, concave mirror, faceted lenses) high-tech technologies (from the fields of nanotechnology and
optoelectronics) and naturally given materials devoid of human intercourse (uncut minerals, crystals).

The confused visual experience results in the loss of coordination of the body and our instinctive movements will be disoriented. Therefore our mind is forced to concentrate on and to pay attention to our actual movements, even the most basic ones. In this manner our attention that is broken apart in our informational society will finally turn to ourselves.

THE SUBJECTS

The starting point of the forming of shoes and bags are the “instinctive” mental states, such as dreaming, daydreaming, the infantile soul, neurotic or psychopathologic states or the drug users’ hallucinogen condition. In the above mentioned mental states the common feature is the authentic presence of imagination, fantasy, the subconscious and the unconscious.

The aim is to create objects that keep their function but at once go beyond it, in some way surpass their own purpose. In these handcraft pieces the common is that I start drawing from the materials’ natural conditions (pattern, surface, colour and form) until they finally and unintentionally become ready objects. None of the surfaces or the ways of execution is planned previously.
The height differences of the shoes affect the way of walking, consequently the whole body’s movement become broken and absurd. With this it similarly breaks and affects the human body and the rhythm of walking, such as the Sight Modifiers.

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