The Naked Eye--Experiment
Another attempt at three-dimensional TV
Performance, 30 minutes

During the performance, an experiment takes place, which creates the illusion of a three-dimensional space on the screen of a TV without using any additional devices. Until the copyright issues have been clarified, no more details can be provided.

The Naked Eye--Experiment


--the size and expanse of a shape, the number of independent directions (e.g. length, width, height = 3 dimensions) (Lat)
--the dimension of a physical quantity: the relationship between a physical quantity and the applicable units of measurement (e.g. speed = distance/time)

The type of dimension is unimportant. It is the jumping, the transformation and the change that matter most. The Naked Eye Experiment is a small intervention, which is capable of causing, in relation to normal TV viewing, basic changes in many people's perception: a different way of seeing things which are so well-known that their meaning is almost forgotten. The starting point of my projects is the transformation of the leaps which occur in thought, and thus naturally cannot be seen, into something visual or otherwise observable. I demonstrate the invisible functions of the mind by unusual perspectives, using easily apprehended examples; but most often by models, i.e., on another, often physical level, which can be comprehended through our senses. Extreme situations, such as the intersection points of different dimensions, are especially indicative of the meaning of things; e.g., volatility, time limits, constant transformation. In Dream Machine (Plate 1) water drips onto a glowing electric cooker and, emitting a hissing noise, is transformed into steam. The drops of water are materialised by laser beams. Time, unlike space, is a narrative dimension. It enables two states to coexist in one place. The laser is the model of reality which is always present, although it can be seen only under special circumstances.

The limitations of the screen's frame are always contrary to the eternity of the virtual worlds. The reflections of Divers (Plate 4) and The Eight project the images on the monitor into space and multiply them. The near-reality extension of the screen is the Earth, the "first three-dimensional television" in my work entitled Escape (Plate 5). The video was recorded by a constantly rotating camera and is shown on a television which turns synchronously with this movement. This way the Earth can be seen from all sides during the course of a single rotation, as if the viewer were truly walking around it.

The Naked Eye--Experiment is another attempt at the explosion of the screen's two-dimensionality. Classical examples are shown in the dual pictures of the documentation, which I took from a distance, matching the distance measured between the two eyes of a person. I used the "Magic Eye" principle, which in the meantime has become very popular, for preparing the invitation cards for my exhibition Resting Place at the Goethe-Institut. The possibility of seeing three-dimensionally is interesting, as far as it can be achieved by the use of a mechanical instrument without straining the eye, or by the use of electronics, as in the Naked Eye experiment, created with the help of Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák. The possibility of failure is also important in any experiment. The process of the realisation - the drops on the hot plate - is the moment of art.

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