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Fractured Visions: To See Again

Posted on 22/09/2014
Fractured Visions

From the 25th September, visitors to the Guy’s Campus can view a new digital artwork entitled ‘Fractured Visions’ by internationally renowned artist Tamiko Thiel made in collaboration with Dr Dominic Ffytche, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist (IOPPN). The work explores the fragility of human vision and how changes to the brain, shape our perception of reality.

‘Fractured Visions’ has been commissioned by AXNS Collective, a curatorial collective dedicated to cultivating collaboration between art and neuroscience and widening public understanding of neuroscience through art. King’s medical student Cosima Gretton is Science Curator of AXNS Collective.  The installation opens on 25th September as a part of Merge Festival, the annual Bankside performing arts festival.

Thiel and Ffytche will create a digital installation exploring a symptom of neurological dysfunction called palinopsia. Palinopsia occurs in migraine, epilepsy and stroke and causes images to repeat and spread across the visual field, or appear again out of context days later.

Thiel’s digital imagery disrupts the field of vision when viewed through an Android or iOS phone or tablet application. Architectural details of the surrounding buildings are layered and repeated on top of the actual structures, such that the viewer experiences the disorienting effects of this extreme condition in which the real is conflated with the virtual. As an artwork inspired by palinopsia, ‘Fractured Visions’ will provide viewers with a unique emotional and experiential perspective on how the world can look through different eyes. 

Free twice-weekly tours of the installation will be given on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5pm and again at 5.30pm. 

Book a free place.

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Fractured Visions  


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