EXPERIMENTAL PORTRAITS: THRESHOLDS OF THE MIND
‘Perception (from the Latin perceptio, percipio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. Perception depends on complex functions of the nervous system, but subjectively seems mostly effortless because this processing happens outside conscious awareness.’ – Wikipedia
This series is concerned with perception and the study of perceptual awareness. It utilises research spaces and portraiture to explore the ambiguity and mystery around perception, cognitive understanding and the sense of self and how we measure and understand this. For this project I have approached the Sackler Centre at the University of Brighton and set the model within various research labs, including a Faraday Cage, a research space developing Oculus Rift Goggles, a hypnagogic simulator and an fMRI scanner. These various devices simulate virtual or augmented reality environments in order to investigate consciousness: the area of Interoception (awareness of bodily states), out of body experiences, and Proprioception (awareness of how our body is positioned in space). The ambiguity of what is seen, as a photographic image, and what is perceived by the model is heightened by the very rigid, mechanical style of portraiture.
All images taken at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness, University of Sussex (with the assistance of Dr David Schwartzman & Stephanie Clayton)
- Copyright © 2014 Barry Falk