The human body is equipped with binocular vision. Two eyes catch one equal image, which merges into the visual cortex. If there is a lack of coordination and the images are different, this will cause discomfort: This system implies living with one picture at a time.
There are cases of monocular vision in nature. Chameleons and some fish and birds can move, rotate and focus each eye independently allowing to “see” (catch, interpret and act on) two objects, simultaneously. Their brain has the ability to handle both images that are not totally dissociated: one eye always has some knowledge of what the other is seeing and information is crossed and gathered, forcing a deliberation.
Video surveillance cameras, endoscopes or mobile phones are also human eyes, though monocular. They accumulate recorded and editable images and their functioning and usefulness still remains dependent on a cerebral interpretation. The image these eyes produce allows a succession of binocular and monocular visions that can operate as extensions of individuals from a group or society in general.
“Monocular vision” is a body with several eyes independent and able to merge / weight different images. Holder of one complex cortex, it proposes a way of looking at the world that takes advantage of the multiple points of perception available to build from disparity.
“Visão Monocular (Monocular Vision)”, was a solo show held at Atelier Concorde, in Lisbon, between May 31 and June 9, 2019.
The presentation of the video pieces “Gogol is better than Google” (2017), “Naked Persimmon” (2018) and “Mitad y mitad” (2019) occupied not only the Project Room but also two of the Atelier’s common spaces - Kitchen and Corridor (provisionally transformed into a small room). Thus, three proposals were created, three different devices, three external and poetic realities integrated into functional spaces of daily use.
Gogol is better than Google
HD video, 8’ 32’’, 2017
HD video, 38’ 15’’, 2018
Mitad y mitad
HD video, 14’ 13’’, 2019