of perception as applied to mirage vases.
The development of
the human eye both in evolution and as learned since birth has
led to assumptions of perspective involving shape, depth perception
and light source to inform us of what (we believe) we are seeing.
This means that we are able to both perceive the assumed view
and rapidly apprehend any modifications in the environment. This
response is instantaneous and most likely inherited; you don’t
need to be taught this ability to perceive.
Perspective is part
of this conditioned perception. Especially for the western world
for which the rules of perspective have become, in the 500 years
since the concept was first invented, the dominant means by which
we interpret our environment. We are willing, for example, to
override our perception of the reality of the 2 dimensional surface
in paintings and ‘believe’ in the 3 dimensional view
within. Perception, or our ability to perceive, is conditioned
by this learnt expectation of perspective.
When an object does
not ‘fit’ in the environment, it is both immediately
obvious and intriguing. If it persists in not behaving in context
the effect may be called an Illusion. Although we may quickly
recognise this illusional event as ‘real, not real’
at the same moment, the experience leaves us with a sense of having
temporarily shifted our perception.
This anomaly experienced
when viewing a mirage vase may be interpreted as being pleasurable.
Either in recognising the displacement of conventional perception
or as delight in having seen an alternative view.