|How Animals Use Their Eyes
Monday, September 27, 2010
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory Street
Urbana (View Map)
Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
We hardly notice how we see the world. Our eyes do everything for us
automatically and if our glasses fit right, we normally don't give our
vision a second thought. This is an experimental lecture, intended to
suggest some of the strange properties of the ways we see the world.
The first half of the lecture gives some simple experiments that
everyone can try, which demonstrate the limits of human vision. The
second half is a tour through part of the animal world, showing how
some animals' eyes work. The idea is to help us think about our own
habits of seeing, and the particular limits of human vision -- to
de-naturalize seeing, so our eyes can become the problematic organs
they always have been.
Additional support from the Program in Art History and the School of Art + Design.