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Perspective Installations, 2017

These drawings are plans for installations and art objects. The first three are more concerned with combining multiple perspectives than with the mind’s perception of visual or auditory information. The installations utilize transparency, reflection, projection, and image capture, and consider the angles or points of viewing, and are more concerned with where the work of art begins and reality ends or vice versa than with special effects such as refraction, warping, and lens effects, though the ones with electronic multimedia aspects hold potential in the area of perceptual art and effects caused in nature between the viewer or listener and the object or source of sound as well.

The first is for a set of glass plates with the outlines hands painted on both sides in which two people view each other through the perspectives created within three hand positions – a triangle, a square or rectangle, and what is called vesica piscis, a lens. For this installation windows with rows of two panes may be used or a door with rows of two window panes.

The second is for a mirrored tetrahedron within another tetrahedron with mirrors or a scene painted on interior walls, which would allow for three people to have a group perspective when lying flat on the ground and possibly for four people if hanging or suspended. Hands would be painted on the exterior sides.

The third is for a cube with mirrors or a scene painted on its interior walls with circles cut into the faces for viewing. Inside the cube two mirrored pyramids may sit on opposite faces, or a mirrored octahedron will sit in the middle. The cube can be suspended within a specially made gyroscope which would allow for it to be rotated to face any direction without obstructing the view.

The fourth is for a cylinder with twelve viewing holes cut in the sides. The interior walls of the cylinder will be painted with a scene. The floor should be able to rotate and contains four or more double sided mirrors on selected lines of sight between the viewers, allowing for any two viewers to see one another at a given point in the rotation. The mirrors may be arranged in triangles as an alternate possibility or rotate to form circles within the larger bottom circle. The outer part may be constructed as a dodecagon and rest on twelve legs outside the circular bottom part which rests on an axis that rotates in the center, allowing for exposed parts of the bottom to be grasped and rotated. A top may provide additional stability to the outer legs. The scene may depict the zodiac constellations and there is potential for movement of the scene while the bottom rotates.

The fifth is for a torus. The torus may contain interior and exterior microphones, cameras, speakers, and projections. Those interior would be rotating on a plate in the center of the installation projecting video and playing audio the from the exterior. Certain points along the path inside the torus would be associated with musical pitches and colored light. Rings along the pathway in the torus could be associated with chords and colored light shifting from one chord to the next as one walks through, or the faces of each triangle in the mesh of the torus would contain a speaker and be assigned a specific chord, while the vertices are assigned colors.

The sixth is for a spherical dodecahedron with an icosahedron nested inside. The vertices of the dodecahedron would contain cameras and microphones, and those in the icosahedron would contain speakers. The walls would consist of convex triangular displays, and those exterior would consist of touch screen displays. The installation would allow for a wide range of possible interactive projects and research. People outside the sphere could move clouds or celestial objects while all kinds of information from all over the world could be displayed on the interior.