Art and Science: Exploring the Interface between Image and Spectator

 

Art and Science: Exploring the Interface between Image and Spectator

Jonito Aerts

Abstract:

My presentation will recount the journey that I have followed in the course of the last four years while working on my Bachelor and Master in visual art and also constantly looking into the scientific aspects related to the projects I realized. Starting from a study of resonance and its visual representation, I passed through a period where my interest in the creation of images led me to look to the zoetrope, which is a mechanism of moving images, the precursor of film. Then I engaged in an investigation of holography, and this raised my curiosity in the question that would become the principle guide of my journey: “What is the nature of the interface between image and spectator?”. An investigation from many different angles with concrete experiments of the ‘positive afterimage’ would be the project I devised to approach this question. Several of these experiments are designed to give us an insight of the experience of a ‘positive afterimage’ by the participants. As a representation of this research I created installations in which an approximation of this experience is visualized. A next investigation of this interface was inspired by an analogy between images and language.  The interface between texts and the reader-writer is a domain of study by researchers of CLEA who construct quantum mathematical models accounting for well-known and testable effects in this interface, e.g. the guppy effect within the Pet-Fish problem. I applied the techniques developed there to images and their content, and could show that a specific set of inequalities, testing for quantum-like emergence, is violated. This opens up the potential for a quantum mathematical modeling of this interface between image and spectator.