Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Kappa Effect

Our relationship to time & space has radically evolved, from the industrial revolution of the 19th century to the digital revolution of the late 20th. A main theme in my artwork is humanity's evolving spatial and temporal perceptions (and interactions) with the world around us. Using collage, I create a temporal and spatial illusion in landscape form, by juxtaposing different parts of the world and different eras in time, right next to each other. So it was exciting to recently discover The Kappa Effect, a psychological phenomenon related to the perception of distance, time, and speed. In experiments, it has been shown that an "observer will base their judgments of the temporal separation between each stimulus, on the spatial separation between each of these stimuli." So basically, the closer things are spatially, the closer we think of them in time as well. The Kappa Effect is a temporal illusion, a phenomenon of human perception. It's an effect which i've been (inadvertently until now) utilizing in my work, in order to create a hallucinatory trip through time.