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  Alice's Theory  
 
Theory 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.

Alice Rose

 
     

 

   
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