Is vision just one way to see? How do our brains interpret what’s in front of our eyes? How do machines understand what they’re looking at, and will they change how we look at the world?

As the museum’s first special exhibition, SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? is making its US debut after its premiere at Science Gallery Dublin in Ireland.

In SEEING, we’re tackling the complex sensory experience of vision and perception. We’re illuminating optics, perspective and comprehension while exploring enhanced and augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and radical alternatives to vision. The exhibition explores the subjectivity of sight, the other senses that shape our view of the world and the unexpected parallels between human and machine vision.

Developed by the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and curated by ophthalmologist Kate Coleman, computer engineer Gerry Lacey, neurobiologist Semir Zeki and Science Gallery Dublin Director Lynn Scarff, SEEING investigates biological and technological sight with interactive artworks examining the limits of machine recognition and the latest innovations in sight enhancement.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • A life-drawing class with three robots named Paul, where you’ll sit as their subject and receive a digital version of their drawn portrait.
  • A video installation that explores the significance of eye contact and the invisible sight lines that connect two people.
  • An immersive piece that helps you view the world from the perspective of a computer and get a first-hand look at the range and limitations of synthetic vision.
  • Three dimensional sculptures that explore why perspective matters.
  • Moving images that use eye-tracking technology to explore how we perceive images with our central and peripheral vision.
  • An interactive exhibit that invites you to try out one form of echolocation.
  • An interactive experience in which you’ll evoke the experience of synesthesia by arranging a series of colored shapes that a computer will transform into an audio-visual masterpiece.

SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? at Frost Science has been made possible with generous support by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System.

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CREATED BY SCIENCE GALLERY AT TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, PART OF THE GLOBAL SCIENCE GALLERY NETWORK.

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