Qiaochu Kris Li
(thesis advisor)Louisa Campbell
(thesis advisor)Jesse Alexander Madden Harding
(thesis advisor)Chris Prentice
May 17 2018
Our understanding of the reality we exist in is largely based on two of the most important human perceptual systems—the visual and the haptic. It is common for us to believe in the existence of an object as we see it and feel it. How can the physical space help or mislead us in understanding the entirety of reality, and what role does our senses and perception play in this process? I believe that by juxtaposing our two perceptual systems, our minds are able to create different versions of the reality we’re in. Inspired by the short story “School of Constructed Realities” by Dunne & Raby, I adapted the taxonomy of two pairs of opposites — “real” and “unreal”, “reality” and “unreality” — as labels for a matrix of worlds. This thesis project is an exploration on new ways of accessing said worlds. Through manipulating the presence of visual and haptic perceptual inputs, my installation aims to establish a stage that blurs the boundary between the real and the unreal. Featuring a see-through two way mirror and digital display as the perceived dividers between the tangible world and the reality behind it, this device presents different worlds simultaneously through optical illusion. As a portal that connects the a matrix of realities, this installation challenges the audience’s method of perception through the construction of objective mental images, and inspires the audiences to leave on a quest to find new opportunities to access these realities.
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