Wednesday, September 22, 2010

when eyes make drawings...


found this image in a 1964 issue of scientific american. it's a "contour map" of the movement of the eye while staring at a pinhole for two minutes. each of the numbers corresponds to the eye's focal point during automatic shifting, while the subject was trying to stay focused on a single point. i'm not sure exactly how the numbers are working, but the image is pretty darn wonderful...what's also interesting is now "reading" the image, following my own path through the numbers and abstract shapes, trying not to look at the white holes, and sort of tracing the various images with my own eyes, wondering if their movement might resemble the movement of the original looker's eyes 46 years ago... the activity reminds me a bit of seeing one of those warhol dance diagram paintings, where eyes follow patterns meant for feet...

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