‘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
For these series of photo shoots I have been working closely with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex University, UK. The series below sets the model within various research labs, including a Faraday Cage and an fMRI scanner. These various spaces are used to study the brain. Other devices, such the hypnagogic scanner and the adapted Oculus Rift Goggles, 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