[E]yescape explores the idiom: “the eyes are the windows to the soul.”  Although the “soul” is a contested concept, the mental imagery and physical/emotional response that is conjured when we think is not.  Like a movie screen, the mind narratively projects images of people, places, actions and sounds suggested by the thoughts we have.  When we read a book, the “mind movie” we generate will correspond to our experience with the book author’s words and concepts.  My “mind movie” will be very different from that of yours.  I will be frightened or humored in ways and by thoughts unique to my experience.  


I began wondering how that “mind movie” and corresponding physical/emotional expression (ostensibly viewable through the eyes) might be influenced by the many variables that make each of us unique: age, gender, cultural origin, education and experience.  This project (eyescape) projects the eyes of fourteen volunteers of various ages, ethnicities and gender who are listening to provocative audio stories.  These stories are funny, horrific, foreign and scary and the responses to this content can be clearly seen through the eyes of these volunteers.  Viewers of the installation  (except for the Gallery Proposal) can hear a simulcast of the same audio at a place removed from their viewing of the eyes so as to avoid creating a “tv” viewing condition.  The “mental movie” the viewer creates can only be compared to the projected volunteer’s “mental movie” in a place where the eyes are the only comparative source of information about what you already know.   In the Gallery Proposal, the audio reading can be heard while viewing the projected eyes of those listening along with you.

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