What you need to know
You Can’t See Through White brings together a visual artist, a philosopher of perception, and a percussionist/composer to create multi-media works and performances. Informed by theory from the philosophy and cognitive sciences of perception, their works explore relationships between natural and altered landscapes, composition and improvisation, and visual and sonic perception.
Why this research is important
Like artistic work in general, the works produced by YCSTW seek to push the boundaries of human understanding and transform the audience’s perception of experience in unprecedented ways. What is distinctive of YCSTW is the inspiration for their works: artistic insight and aesthetics in conjunction with scientific results and philosophical reflection. Through producing their works, YCSTW has developed groundbreaking interdisciplinary and collaborative research methodologies, drawing on techniques from various fields and building a template for communication and knowledge exchange that is not bound to a specific discipline.
How this research was done
The foundation for YCSTW’s recent work is point-of-view video footage and ambient audio sampling(You Can't See Through White - Occlusion 1) that document physical engagement with, and especially movement through, Canadian winter environments. Audio and video samples are manipulated and layered in a range of ways. Video samples are projected onto differing surfaces, superimposed on text, and edited to highlight the inherent biases of representational technology. Ambient, studio-generated and verbal audio samples are resequenced, incrementally developing a multi-layered soundscape. The visual text and verbal audio incorporated in the works are identical selections from contemporary perceptual theory. Their content reflects the kinds of perceptions explored in the works. The audio and visual components are in continual dialogue, generating immersive works that induce evocative multi-modal experiences. The result challenges the innocence of representational technology, has implications for contemporary perceptual theory, and confronts the fragility of our perceptual lives.
How this research can be used
Works produced by YCSTW are exhibited and performed in public galleries, and form the basis for research lectures delivered in academic institutions in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. The innovative research methodologies developed by YCSTW are a foundation for educational initiatives that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
This research is funded by the Brandon University Research Committee.
About the Researchers
- audio sampling
- multi-media works
- philosophy of perception
- visual art
Editor: Christiane Ramsey
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