HDD

“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes that see it.” Nikos Kazantzakis.

This project is an ode to the nature of reality. We are absolute, but we only see what our eyes can perceive and our brains can process.

Through this installation I attempt to re-create an illusion, called by physicists “persistence of vision”, a phenomenon in which our eye retains the last image that it was exposed to, for just 1/25 of a second.

Behind the black crystal you will discover a cluster of hard disks, heartless metallic bodies that allow us to only see their mechanical parts. A sensor is also present that detects the distance between the installation and the spectator and changes the colour and the speed accordingly.

Through a tiny slice on the metallic surface of the hard disk’s platter, and with the help of rapid motion we can see what was hidden only seconds ago. The non-existent becomes existent within a few seconds… Reality is narrowed down, through this installation, as a matter of perspective, distance and speed.

By getting closer, the sensor signals the HDD motors to spin faster and with the help of the LED lights that shine through the slice, the installation gradually reveals itself. The eye, the instrument of vision is there staring at us.

Aesthetics is the morality of the future; using this as an axis, I try to challenge common observational certainties. The things/actions we notice and perceive in a daily basis but occasionally fail to understand in a conscious level.


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