Artist and researcher, Robin Hawes, presents a recently completed art/science collaboration which examined the processes undertaken by the eye in providing sensory data to the brain and aimed to explore the internally construc- tive and idiosyncratic aspects of visual percep- tion. With the physiology of the retina providing inconsistent quality of information across our field of view, the project set out to reveal the disparity between the visual information gath- ered by our eyes and the conscious picture of ‘reality’ formed in our minds. The paper will map out the psychological, physiological and philosophical basis for the research, as well as presenting images produced by the project. In essence, each time someone contemplates a work of art, the work of art is re-constructed ‘internally’. This project set out, in part at least, to make ‘visible’ this hitherto internal, idiosyncratic, unique and unshared neurological event.
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