Rune Peitersen: Digital as Tool

The author (Kimberly Zeluck) gives a nice description of her (online) encounter with the works from ‘Einstein & Bohr’.

http://mixmouse.net/blog/?p=6

Rune Peiterson: Digital as Tool

Rune Peiterson’s “Saccadic Sightings: Einstein and Bohr”, accessed through Rhizome, is definitely an illustration of the usage of digital technology as a tool, because the piece is composed of puzzling photographs that were manipulated with digital technology. One of the main things I took away from the artist’s statement about this piece is that “matter is always in flux”. I thought this piece particularly interesting because of its focus on the naked eye as a master of illusion. The piece comments on how human eyes are unable to reflect complete reality, and that there are always bits that are blurred or left out. I like the “hallucinatory” effect that Peteirson achieved through his digital treatment – it made the piece intriguing and kept me thinking and constantly wondering what the images actually were. Interestingly enough, the piece is also a critique on how the objects we perceive are shaped by our culture. Sure enough, while trying to figure out what the images in “Saccadic Sightings: Einstein and Bohr” were, I kept drawing images from my personal knowledge/image bank. Peiterson’s use of digital art as a tool was also interesting – he created a device that recorded his eye movements, basically imitating what the eye takes in before sending information to the brain and reorganizing it into a recognizable image. I like how when I look at this collection, I feel like I’m looking through someone else’s glasses (albeit extremely blurry ones) and feeling as if I am not completely in tune with my vision. It kind of relates to my senior project, which namely deals with dreams and how what we “see” in our dreams are only half-baked, warped bits of reality.