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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2016 (PC020404.15) ➔ Shift


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Thomas Mnich (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)




Within the lighting design field, emphasis is often placed on light that serves a specific task and is used for a functional experience. The intention is to see in the state of Photopic vision, what is essentially the “daytime” mode of seeing, that enables humans to see detail and color. Light, however, has a greater opportunity to reveal and mediate a sensual experience in a space by leaving the Photopic state and reaching the visual thresholds of Mesopic vision. In Mesopic vision, receptive fields of both day and night vision overlap, causing simultaneous visual response and unlocking the potential in the perceptual field. Utilizing these thresholds in a public airport restroom discloses the possibility to make a change in this contrasting environment, creating sensual awareness and a spiritual journey.



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