Absolute Relative

  • Ava Watson

Sponsored by Absolut. Vodka for the Sonar Festival Barcelona 2016 Our perception is never absolute, but relative. By becoming aware of this fact we can understand and if necessary overcome our intuition and instincts. Making use of deception the sculpture enables the sensation of the thermal grill illusion to create this awareness. When areas which when touched separately only feel slightly warm or slightly cold are perceived next to each other at the same time, the resulting temperature perception is much more extreme. It can even expand to a burning sensation while actually not being any near to that temperature range in reality. We reach into this black box which makes sense of our perception of the world, our brain.


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