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Instrument for Seeing


This instrument for seeing seeks to synthesize human vision with the qualities of digital image processing. When worn, the user’s view is filtered through a pixel matrix into rows and columns. However, the view out of the instrument is not an exact simulation of digital imagery, but rather an inversion of it—the user looks though the negative space between pixels, giving the effect of being ‘trapped’ behind a computer monitor. From the exterior, the wearer’s head is replaced by a composite image of the instrument’s three creators cut into squares tiling the device. Observers are meant to reflect on how natural forms are neatly represented in digital grids.

Created in collaboration with Austin Zhang and Konrad Collins for ARCH/URBN 200b: Scales of Design (Spring 2020).
10" x 10.5" x 12", 4-ply paper, ink on Bristol.