Investigation - 'perception' and 'wonder'


Close your eyes for two seconds. Imagine a colour that doesn’t exist?

It’s really difficult to do because the brain builds models or simulations of the world in our head from past experiences.

To wonder is also to wander, to stray from society and its norms and constructs, to be alone, to be free.

As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. Many people do not open themselves to wonder for fear that it may distract them, overwhelm their resources, or upset their equilibrium. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. Our understanding of ourselves is more defined by what we believe in our heads than by the actual external world that we experience. Questioning perception and taking time to wonder potentially allows us to see ourselves differently.

I intend to explore this theme by sourcing wonders from participants and recreate them utilising different artists practices, materials and places that lend to more sensory, immersive and participatory outcomes. Creating experiences to wonder someone else’s wonder. The aim would be to draw people into and out of themselves, letting wonder reconnect them with something much greater and higher than our daily humdrum and augment our future perceptions of ourselves and the world. How we each comprehend reality and rethink ourselves within it.

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