Through the phenomenon “persistence of vision” the installation creates an illusion by exploiting how our brain processes information. Physicists explain that the eye retains the last image it was exposed to for roughly 1 / 25th of a second, only. By displaying fragments of an image at a higher frequency, our eyes compose the fragmentation into a single image. This is but a mere reminder that reality is defined by the viewer; we see only what our eyes can perceive.
A tiny slice on the metallic surface of a hard disk’s platter, spun rapidly, allows us to see what is hidden. As one approaches the splintered eye, the hard disk beings to spin faster, and the faster it spins the more the illusion comes to life. Only when one stands at the perfect distance, creating the perfect speed, is the installation revealed, and there they see the eye, our instrument of vision, staring back at them.