On The Ways of Seeing
January 2018

All perception mediates between self and external reality, but among humans vision holds a unique position. Despite the thought-ordering power of spoken language, it is still the visual world that shapes our experience most directly, to the extent that we treat the optic nerve as direct line between the world and cognition. It is no coincidence that we say "the way I see it" when we actually mean "the way I think it". This did not escape media theorist Marshall McLuhan, who observed that we go so far in conflating the psychological and visual as to call forward-thinkers "visionaries", and to say "always" when we actually mean all-times. Thus the visual world, the eye, and more recently that precision artificial eye-ball, the camera, map our interior experience, even as the brain reshapes what we see and perceive in turn. We will open 2018 with a fresh viewpoint (thought-point), a view of the act of seeing itself. Of looking outwards: unaided, through optical devices that open windows onto larger or smaller worlds, through the reflecting surfaces of the latest technologies, or even by more abstract means: visualization of the unseeable and the visual memories of the blind. Join us. Watch a few films. Seeing, after all, is believing.

Eye, Camera

by Brittney Shepherd
FILM

Divine Machines

by Ali Hossaini
FILM

The Lanthanide Series

by Erin Espelie
FILM

Blindelings

by Joanne Van Der Weg
FILM

In, Over and Out

by Sebastian Brameshuber
FILM

Stargaze

by Hristina Vardeva
FILM

Night Vision

by Jake Fried
FILM

Interface

by Anna Hoetjes
FILM

Through the Mirror

by Graciela Cassel
FILM

A Film Is A Film Is A Film

by Eva Von Schweinitz
FILM

Quantum Fluctuations

by Markos Kay
FILM

Still Holding Still

by Sarah Vanagt
FILM

Atlas

by Sara Hibbert
FILM

What No One's Ever Seen

by Sandya Viswanathan
FILM

Microsculpture

by Tanya Cochrane
FILM

Things used to be hidden

by Tara Mercedes Wood
FILM

Nanoplanet

by Monica Zoppè
FILM

How to make a prosthetic eye

by Barry J. Gibb
FILM

Restoring Sight in Bangladesh

by Tatiana McCabe
FILM

Apariciones

by Luz Olivares Capelle
FILM
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