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Indirect ObservationIn science, indirect observation occurs when the observation or measurement of one thing facilitates the observation or measurement of a different thing. Sometimes referred to surrogate observation, in this research indirect observation occurs when spectators gaze into the mirror and therefore through themselves to observe dancing bodies.
Removing Layers of PerceptionPerception is a process that includes sensing, interpretation and response and is the construction of visual information. In this research, individualized spectator perception (exposed by gaze directed into the mirror and indirectly onto the dancing bodies) is harnessed to both represent the ‘observer-effect’ and demonstrate the causality between perception and reality. “Ultimately, what we perceive determines what we know and what we think is real” (Olsen).
Sensorial Experience, the TriadicThis diagram provides rationale for the sub-aim of my current research: The sub aim is to heighten the visual experience of the spectator in order to highlight the conscious construct of perception and draw attention to the pathways of visual contextualization that centers the act of perception on the perceiver and not the perceived. The performance environment was conceived in part based on the development of the sub-aim.
Observer-EffectDirect observation from the spectator determines the dancer's location. They become a fixed entity in spacetime until the spectator turns back towards the mirror and observes movement indirectly. Seen in the relationship between Sara on the floor and Ana a spectator (the observer turned around in the chair). The spectator is free to make direct observation at-will, creating indeterminate timing for the dancer, the movement phrase and manipulating dynamics of intersubjectivity.
Visual Contextualization, part 1Context is defined by the interrelationships between past, present and future. Present is equated with immediate stimulation processing however often comprehended through the lens of historical familiarity. Therefore, immediate perception is often shaped by association. Visual consciousness is the method of processing visual stimuli. There are three primary aspects of visual consciousness, phenomenal (experience), access (content) and reflexive (awareness of the self in relation to experience).
Visual Contextualization, continuedVisual contextualization is a hybrid term that refers to the subconscious constructs assigned to visual stimulation. This research provokes the politics of perception by fixing gaze into the mirror and indirectly onto dancing bodies. The configuration suggests that the self as the vessel of perception is permeated by historical familiarity and therefore identity politics. This research seeks to achieve immediate context awareness that requires extraction, capture, and interpretation.