Matthew Biederman & Pierce Warnecke

Pareidolia I

Pareidolia I is the first audiovisual work in the Perspection series by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke. The piece uses colour, frequency, and noise to work in and around the different thresholds of perception of basic audiovisual elements.

Extremely high and low frequencies on the threshold of human hearing are used to illustrate that sound (as heard by humans) emerges from infinitely complex oscillations. By focusing on either end of the audible spectrum, the sonic vacuum between the extremes replaces the space where one expects to hear sound – the lack of noise is heard through the noise. Visually the work builds upon the 'Phi Phenomenon' defined by Max Wertheimer, one of the founders of Gestalt psychology, which describes the perception of still images viewed in quick succession as continuous images – the very basis upon which film and video appear as moving images. Through generative layerings of unconnected still imagery, the work creates an illusion of motion as shapes, patterns and movements emerge out of chaos.


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