Future experiments

Artefacts using the Diasynchronic technique aim to advance understanding of ways that perception codifies apparent motion in an ecological environment through phenomenological study. These artefacts use applications of animation tropes such as synchronous sound morphing of successive objects use of arcs and secondary motion they also include explorations that echo Gestalt founder Max Wertheimer’s 191 empiric experiments in seeing apparent motion using a tachistoscope however in the Diasynchronoscope the stimuli are real three-dimensional objects and it is more usual for the designs to use series of stimuli rather than rely on stroboscopic events [1].  Our explorations have included:

a)               variations of time intervals between visual stimuli

b)               variations of stimulus duration

c)               variations in arrangement of stimuli in terms of inter-object distances and orientation in space

d)               variations in shape colour and size within invariant objects

e)               Introduction of additional objects as attention- based stimuli and as occluders

f)                variations in coding of stimuli

g)               multiple attentive objects

Further concepts we continue to explore and experiment with are:

Synchronous sound

Perceptual Chunking

Colour animation

Mutiple videoprojectors

Multiple view points to allow audience movement

Competative pathways in perception

Embodied movement

Multistability with apparent movement as a key component

Temporal Asymmetry (changes in speed retrotropic movement)

Transient Perception as primary communicator (includes beta Arcs and smooth Pursuit versus phi  movement)

Metaphor and synaesthesia as being cognitively synonymous


[1] Although Wertheimer’s experiments were mostly stroboscopic he did include some brief study of series of stimuli where 3 or 4 stimulus objects were presented using the tachistoscope (WERTHEIMER On Perceived Motion and Figural Organisation 2012) (p.66) particularly after taking into account discussions with Karl Marbe whose doctoral thesis Zur Lehre von Gesichtsempfindungen welche aus successiven Reizen resultieren had been on successive stimuli and visual sensation.