MEDA Journal Week 9

Large part of discussion for the MEDA project centred around the concept of whether social media is ‘real.’ With human sensory modalities as a construct of representation by the mind, allowing individuals to understand through perceptual experiences (Lewkowicz, D. J. Ghazanfar, A. A. 2009). Therefore does social media distort reality through framing, or is it an extension of the self. This stems into the theory of the mind-body problem, as whether the realm of the mind transcends into the digital and to whether such interactions are tangible experiences. According to Hart, W. D. (1996) the substance of the mind can exist outside of physical manifestations.

From this led to the discussion to move away from looking at social media and into the distortion of reality and senses. Through filming of two faces expressing two emotions (happy and angry), dividing the projected faces by a sheet and playing conflicting sounds:

Angry Sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR9cczgmPlQ

Happy Sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDqxUKMHLCQ&t=4s

The idea behind the faces is to create confusion for the individual, at first from a distance the viewer perceives a mixture of sounds and two faces. However once the individual moves closer to the art, they experience that the sounds are contrasted to the visuals – creating a distortion in the viewer’s sensory experience, perceiving a happy face with angry sounds.  

References:

Hart, W. D. (1996) A Companion to the Philosophy of the Mind, Wiley, viewed 08.05.17

Lewkowicz, D. J. Ghazanfar, A. A. (2009) The emergence of multisensory systems through perceptual narrowing, Florida Atlantic University, viewed 07.05.17 <http://asifg.mycpanel.princeton.edu/publications/pdfs/Lewkowicz&Ghazanfar2009.pdf>

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