Diplorasis (Double-Vision)

autoscopic machinic visualities

Diplorasis (Double-Vision)

autoscopic machinic visualities
Re-considering the perceptual spatial understandings of the body after the digital turn.
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Electronic media are increasingly re-constructing our perception of actual and virtual spaces. Through the use of a visual installation, the diplorasis, it becomes possible to probe the understanding of the self in actual and virtual realms, questioning the interrelation between self as cognitive body and self as image. In particular, the work attempts to re-configure different practical and conceptual understandings of stereoscopic, photographic and filmic media via digital technologies. This is important today because the visual image (and its relation to the body) is increasingly being re-shaped by new media. The self is multiplied within virtual domains that in turn affect the actual space of the corporeal body. In this respect, it is crucial to think how time-based media re-present our virtual and actual selves and how this virtuality shifts the locus of the body. These new understandings of the visual image begin to challenge conventional architectural methods of representation.

Plan of diplorasis. Sensors control the photographic capture of moving body, the image is manipulated and transferred to screens, where it is re-assembled in order to be viewed stereoscopically.

Axonometric view of diplorasis showing components: drums revolve to stereoscopically produce an image [both] in animation and to re-present the actual environment.

Closeup view of peephole opening through screen.

Side view of diplorasis.

Drawing of Wheatstone stereoscope - appropriated and extended in the diplorasis.

Idea by

George Themistokleous
George is an architect and a lecturer in architectural design and history and theory at the Leeds school of architecture, he has studied architecture and art history. His doctoral research considers the limitations of current architectural representational methods in relation to a re-thinking of bodily and machinic vision, through custom made optical devices and multimedia installations.

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