Deadline: 1st April.
Calling all creative conjurers, optical illusionists, whizzards and mathemagicians, we’re seeking proposals for our upcoming summer flagship exhibition ILLUSION.
ILLUSION will be an open call exhibition exploring the motivations and mechanisms of sensory deception. It will investigate how perception underpins how we see, feel, think and understand the world. Exploring the relationship between illusion and magic, neuroscience, physics and psychology, ILLUSION is set to feature a variety of participative exhibits and performances by scientists, psychologists, mathematicians, magicians, neuroscientists, artists and designers.
Curated by Richard Wiseman, Prof. of Public Understanding of Psychology from University of Hertfordshire, ILLUSION will show how what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe. For example, the classic coin disappearing magic trick exploits this effect through a phenomenon known as retention vanish. A lag in the brain’s perception of motion causes a viewer to see a coin in the left hand for a few seconds after it is no longer there. This after image is because the visual neurons are still firing and our perception of reality lags about one hundredth of a second behind behind actual reality.
For more information, please visit: http://sciencegallery.com/blog/2013/03/open-call-illusion-science-gallery