floating world  

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Figure 1 (always untitled) or Figure 1 (empathically untitled):
Using real-time technologies, this figure shows a live retinal scan path - the patterns of movement made by our subject's eyes while viewing herself in a mirror for an unspecified duration.


Movements of the eyes give to things a familiar Ukiyo, or means of seeing. Let us designate this variable u. This act of alluding is achieved by 'fleeting the eyes to the world'1, and is also a way of re-directing the everyday axes of orientation, balance and semiosis.

In Figure 1, the pleasure of seeking a response to the Edo-period (historically located between 1600-1867) maps to the action of the eyes as a durational range of between 0.536 to 0.600 mPKs-1 (milli Peeks per second). This is an example of the process of SubPersonal Parallax (SPP), which was recently quantified by the Dutch physiologist Smeding van der Peek (2013) from whose name the unit of measurement is taken2.

Proceeding from the methodology inherent in SPP, let us continue with our example. Let (x,y) define a point. The expanding technical body determines the location and pace of the subject's sight at point (x,y) over duration ∆T This reflects natural, everyday movements, to which we may be consciously blind, but that feel familiar. This is perhaps similar to that of looking at space by means of a mental representation. However, the main difference relates to the function as well as to the method of seeing, in a movement known as 'exploration eyes'. Exploration eyes are like ideas; they have rapid Ukiyo rotation. Floating the more stationary, pictorial aspects of sight with the aide of exploration eyes, patterns of knowledge function as unknown aspects or movements, producing the visual seen in Figure 1.

Due to its ongoing and experimental nature, the outcome of Figure 1 is as yet unknown. We are not attempting to measure or contain the elapsing field produced. The subject will continue her exercise everyday in a room, until her immersive vision fails and is over-taken by a successive fixation point. This room is linked simultaneously and internationally to various exhibitions and everyday spaces. As a visitor to one of the installations, you may come and go as you please and are welcome to participate by actively engaging the subject's eye.

Lisa Skuret

Lisa Skuret is an artist and writer whose practice explores interdisciplinary and micropolitical strategies. Fiction writing (to include sound, voice, and movement) is a component of both her live and installed work in which she creates performative responses to exhibitions, artworks, and everyday spaces. Skuret works both independently and collectively with international art research groups such as Vision Forum (Linköpings University, Sweden). Recent exhibitions and live events have taken place at a Swedenborgian Church in London; a Museum of Work in Sweden; Spike Island, Bristol; and David Roberts Art Foundation, London.


Lisa Skuret will be performing in response to the exhibition on Thursday, 6 June at 7:30pm.

1. Merlot, P., Eye and Mind, Cambridge, MA: MITINTERACTION Press, 2013, p.102.
2. 'SubPersonal Parallax: An integrative framework for saccadic pursuit eye generation', van der Peek, S., EPJ Nonlinear Biomedical Physics 2013, 1:2 (12 May 2013).