by an illustration by Descartes of visual perception, Insight Out is
a meditation on inner and outer vision. Wire forms of hands and a glass globe
depict a diagram of the optics of vision. One hand, coated with fabric and beeswax,
stands outside the glass "eye." It is mirrored by a smaller, upside-down wire
hand inside the eye, but this smaller hand has one less finger raised. Something
apparently changed in this translation of outer to inner. A small projector
(the "brain") casts a video image onto the frosted back of the eye. In the video
someone is covering a blackboard with vertical marks,
as if counting but only with ones. As the enumerator covers the board with rows
of "ones", the marks already drawn start to transform into numbers from other
cultures and times. Eventually historic formulae surface and disappear from
theboard. This quietly transforming
scene is reflected small and upside
down via a lens onto the surface of the hand outside the glass eye. Thus realities
are both projected and reflected between the inside and the outside of the eye.
The history of mathematics is referenced as it seems the science most born of
inner vision and driven by its own internal logic, though it nonetheless bears
and generates an uncanny correspondence to the world outside. Or is all knowledge
simply born of the marriage of internal proclivity with activity in the world?
Such as counting on one's fingers.
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