User:Zalán Szakács/thesisoutline

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Thesis Outline

An analytical essay exploring related artistic, theoretical, historical and critical issues and practices that inform your practice, without necessarily referring to your work directly.

Thesis Statement


Light / Human Perception / Media archeology


in times of post-digital spaces


After the Cyberspace age humans desire for breaking out of the screen format and finding alternatives ways of replacing the screen for sensory illusive spatial experiences


New sensory installations allow for new form experiences and understanding.
[Please give examples of this.]
This means a new understanding of human perception in the field of arts, technology and science.
[Please explain how humans understand human perception differently in the fields of arts, technology and science? If this is a premise from which you depart, you need to establish this is the case by giving examples.


How do new sensory installations allow for new forms of experience and understanding?




Thesis Statement


Media archeology

  • Tracing back the history of light and human perception
    • Allegory of the Cave (Plato)
    • Light In The Pantheon
    • Re-discovery of Linear Perspective (Filippo Brunelleschi)
    • Camera obscura
    • Ars Magna Lucis Et Umbrae (Athanasius Kircher)
    • The discovery of Non-Euclidean Geometry and it's influence
    • Media Archeology before the discovery of cinema (1985)
      • Zoetrope, praxinoscope and phantasmagoria (the use of smoke as display)

Human perception

  • Neurology
    • Human eye (receptors)
    • Epilepsy
    • Flicker Effect
    • Ganzfeld Effect
    • Afterimage (Goethe)
    • Gustav Fechner
    • Hermann von Helmholtz
    • Charles Benham
    • Dark - light perception
    • Eigengrau
    • Color frequencies (mono-frequency lamps)
    • Ganzfeld
    • Afterimage
  • Psychology
    • Emotional Matrix
    • Individual bobbles
  • Artists working with human perceptions
    • James Turrell (Ganzfeld)
    • Kurt Hentschlager (Afterimage)
    • Anthony McCall


On the visible and invisible
  • Embodied experiences
    • Importance of soundscapes (4D sound)
    • Importance of smoke, haze

Interaction (Reaction) versus Controlled

On the use of technology
  • Technology should always stay as a tool and not a sensation
    • Data visualisation and communication
      • Influencing or visualising data
        • To what extend is politically correct to influence human emotions with light?
  • Climax
Understanding human perception
  • What is the influence (emotions) of light (LED) on humans?
    • What is other than the excitation of the nervous system? Whats beyond that effect?
Post-digital space
  • why do we need sensory immersive experiences?