Techniques of the Observer: Vision and Technology from the Camera Obscura to OpenGL

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September 29, 2011

Techniques of the Observer: Vision and Technology from the Camera Obscura to OpenGL

I use the work of historian Jonathan Crary to tell a story about how visual culture changed from the renaissance to the modern era. By examining the camera obscura, zoertropes, stereographs, and film Crary explains how modern optical techniques created a new subjective visual world in which illusions were created by playing on the eccentricities of the human perception system. I'll then attempt to extend Crary's ideas to understand how our new computer-generated graphical systems imagine human vision and what they might mean for the future of our visual culture.

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gregab

September 29, 2011
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