the office’s research started as a study into the way we perceive, are manipulated, and are capable of delaying the act of seeing. These images are a brief walk-through through those associations and an introduction on how we / I might be able to overcome those limitations.
The below are a series of Rorschach tests created for the purpose of understanding perception, or for a glimpse into what we call perception.
It allowed for a freedom or fracture in the conscious mind that allows form to be displayed innocently, while being perceived prejudicially.
Both color and monochrome experiments were used to understand the nature of readings and memory contaminated perception. The key is allowing the mind to see without being dictated and for objects to be discovered by association through unraveling of personalized memories and thoughts.
“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.”
Rorschachs, or known as Klecksographs was pioneered by Justinus Kerner, who included Klecksographs in his books of poetry. Since the 1890’s, psychologists have used it as a tool for studying the subconscious, most famously Hermann Rorschach in his Rorschach inkblot test. The looseness of reading, varied associations and freedom from normal conventions, the Rorschach provided a way into the topic of the sense of perception. Each variation allows for a new opportunity of perception.
As adults we impose narratives and tendencies in pursuit of totalizing goals and/or explanations.
Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. Defined as the “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness”, but it has come to the human tendency to seek patterns in random information in general such with language, graphics, forms and ornamentation.
WHAT COULD THIS BE?
This phrase is what is asked of participants in these tests. The sentence is minimized in order to only indicate that it is a question, invoke your imagination and point towards an object.
Black on black and white on black were used to exploit the tests, and push them and myself to understand the object based creations. Each progressions was made and analyzed as a way to understand form and how it could be perceived and interpreted.