Seeing without Objects: Visual Indeterminacy and Art

Article (PDF Available)inLeonardo 39(5):394-400 · October 2006 with 679 Reads

DOI: 10.1162/leon.2006.39.5.394

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Abstract
This article discusses the perceptual phenomenon of visual indeterminacy in an art-historical and scientific context and considers the phenomenon’s role in certain heightened states of awareness. Further philosophical implications of the phenomenon are discussed, specifically the suggestion that visual indeterminacy may point to an inherent contradiction in the relationship between mind and world. This discussion is then related to a body of artwork produced by the author over some 20 years. The article concludes that visual indeterminacy is a fruitful subject for further interdisciplinary research, as it draws on ideas from the arts, sciences and humanities.

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