Augenblink (work in progress)
in collaboration with Martina Michalikova


How much do you trust your eyes? You wouldn´t miss anything going on in front of you, right? Well – in that case, the Augenblink installation was created to prove you wrong.

Looking through our special glasses, one sees a single, static picture on the computer screen. However, the picture changes quite often - every time the observer blinks (or moves the eyes).

The Augenblink-glasses use infrared light to detect when the eyelid is closed. In exactly that moment, a change is triggered on the screen, so that - step by step - the picture undergoes major transformations. Yet with the glasses on, it can hardly be noticed.

This inability to detect changes in the visual scene if they occur simultaneously with a disruption such as eye blink, eye movement, brief flash or film cut is called change blindness. It is a well known psychological phenomenon, discovered in other senses too.

Unlike usual experimental setups, the Augenblink focuses on the subjective experience of the change blindness effect, trying to shatter the illusion of continuity, completeness and stability of human (visual) perception.

The Augenblink system has also been used in the installations Linear Algebra and Something Changed. Powered by openFrameworks.



v spolupráci s Martinou Michalíkovou


Dôverujete svojmu zraku? Inštalácia
Augenblink Vás presvedčí, že môžete prehliadnuť aj niečo, čo sa odohráva priamo pred Vašimi očami.

Cez špeciálne okuliare je vidieť na obrazovke jediný, statický obrázok. No v skutočnosti sa obraz mení vždy, keď divák žmurkne alebo pohne okom.

Tieto okuliare pomocou infračerveného svetla zistia, kedy je viečko zatvorené a v tomto momente zmenia obraz na obrazovke. Krok za krokom obraz prechádza veľkými premenami, ale s nasadenými okuliarmi nie je badateľná žiadna zmena.

Táto neschopnosť všimnúť si zmeny, ak sa udejú zároveň so žmurknutím alebo iným vyrušením (ako pohyb oka, krátky záblesk alebo filmový strih) sa volá change blindness (slepota k zmenám). Je to známy psychologický fenomén, ktorý funguje aj pre iné zmysly.

Na rozdiel od vedeckých experimentov sa Augenblink zameriava na subjektívne vnímanie change blindness efektu v snahe otriasť ilúziou kontinuity, úplnosti a stability ľudského vnímania.

Augenblink bol použitý tiež v inštalácii Lineárna Algebra a Something Changed. Software je založený na openFrameworks.

http://kuba.localhost.sk/index/files/gimgs/17_hbhf-male.jpg
http://kuba.localhost.sk/index/files/gimgs/17_nlpk-male.jpg
http://kuba.localhost.sk/index/files/gimgs/17_stalin-male.jpg