EYE MOVEMENTS AND THE SOUL
Install Theme

PLEASE USE LINKS AT TOP OF PAGE IN ORDER TO SEE WORK IN A CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)

BOOKS 

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Iveković, S, 2008. Selected Works. 1st ed. Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

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WEBSITES

Zimoun. 2014. Zimoun. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.zimoun.net/2011-200.html. [Accessed 18 February 2014].

Liliya Sotirova. 2014. Liliya Sotirova. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.liliyasotirova.com/whenever. [Accessed 20 February 2014].

Salone 2013: il vuoto è finito | Artribune. 2014. Salone 2013: il vuoto è finito | Artribune. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.artribune.com/2013/04/salone-2013-il-vuoto-e-finito/. [Accessed 22 February 2014].

Scientists discover that eyes really are ‘the window to the soul’ | Mail Online. 2014. Scientists discover that eyes really are ‘the window to the soul’ | Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-436932/Scientists-discover-eyes-really-window-soul.html. [Accessed 23 February 2014].

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Eyes - Body Language of the Eyes. 2014. Eyes - Body Language of the Eyes. [ONLINE] Available at: http://psychology.about.com/od/nonverbalcommunication/ss/understanding-body-language_3.htm. [Accessed 6 March 2014].

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IMAGES

[Fig1] Zimoun, (2011), 200 prepared dc-motors, 2000 cardboard elements 70x70cm [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.zimoun.net/2011-200.html [Accessed 18 February 14].

[Fig2] Shamelabboush, (2012), Eye positions as looking at another person, A diagram that shows the eye movements. [ONLINE]. Available at: http://shamelabboush.hubpages.com/hub/NLP-The-Art-of-Communication-Understanding-Others [Accessed 19 February 14].

[Fig3] Liliya Sotirova, (2012), Whenever: site installation view [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.liliyasotirova.com/whenever [Accessed 21 February 14].

[Fig4] Liliya Sotirova. (2012). There. [Online Video]. 14 December. Available from: https://vimeo.com/41718425. [Accessed: 21 February 2014].

[Fig5] Martin, S, 2006. Video Art. 1st ed. Germany: Taschen.

[Fig6] Martin, S, 2006. Video Art. 1st ed. Germany: Taschen.

The Eye of Horus | Pharaonic Egypt. 2014. The Eye of Horus | Pharaonic Egypt. [ONLINE] Available at: http://pharaonic-egy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-eye-of-horus.html. [Accessed 29 March 2014].

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Third eye representation inner being

Third eye representation inner being

2nd video third eye representation

2nd video third eye representation

Pupil dilation 3rd video

Pupil dilation 3rd video

Reflective writing

SOUND IDEAS

record breathing, and inward sounds. what do i think is a good representation of the soul in terms of sound? how do I perceive the soul. What first comes to mind:

  • Swooshing noises, 
  • bodily sounds-blood flowing: a deep ‘white noise’ sort of sound’, 
  • echoing noises - shadow of ourselves, perhaps an echo of something could be the soul
  • death - soul leaves the physical body what does this sound like:
  • heavenly release of a spirit from the body
  • My granny’s death reminded me a weight lifting from the body - my mum had a dream that a man helped her through her old house door, where my granny died (at her home), she walked over the her granny held her hand, picked her up and walked out to a white area, where she left go of her hand and closed the door.
  • Perhaps a high pitched release at the end of the video could represent the soul leaving the body, so to finalise the film either fading to white or using sound to represent this whiteness. 

What works: Videos work much better together as the footage is not so similar and representation of third eye (6th chakra) becomes more recognisable.

What doesn’t work: needs sound? footage is perhaps too obvious and editing skills are too obvious? will play around with more editing in order to find something that works with the clips.

 

NB. i’ve noticed during all the filming, with people I know better those individuals are able to hold eye contact for longer, whereas, for example Gabby, it is harder for her to maintain a strong visual straight forward eye contact with me - perhaps this is confidence? or is it that we don’t have a personal connection with each other? 

 

Videos work well together, however footage is too similar played over each other, perhaps it is better offset or video played in reverse in order to create more layered eye movement. 

 

What works: black and white, same image, combines better than drawing

What doesn’t work: still image with moving footage doesn’t flow well, not a fan of my drawing, lines are too harsh over the soft footage of Gabby

 

Video overlaid with drawing to represent third eye/ sixth chakra. 

What works: black and white, similar drawing of eyes to video of eyes

What doesn’t work: still image with moving footage doesn’t flow well, not a fan of my drawing, lines are too harsh over the soft footage of Gabby

Having read about Hinduism and finding it highly informative, I would like to incorporate it in some way within my final piece. Since I started to learn about the eyes during psychology lessons in 2011, eye contact and communication with others has been something that has changed significantly in my life. It’s something that I find hard not to think about now when I have a conversation with someone else, as it is not so much of a natural process being always on my mind, especially during times like these where I am looking into it more and more each day. After brainstorming a few ideas, such as overlaying drawings with videos, overlaying photographs and overlaying videos to create this idea of the third eye, I think the most effective and appropriate way of representing this (considering my main focus is video art) will be to overlay video footage with more video footage.

An illustration to show the 6th chakra 
taken from google images

An illustration to show the 6th chakra 

taken from google images

Looking into religions and what they think of about eyes is an interesting and very inspiring process. Hindus share the belief that there are six chakras in the body all of connect to the mind, body and soul.The sixth chakra, the third eye or ‘anja’ (meaning brow), is a concept which refers to an ‘invisible eye’ which provides perceptions beyond ordinary sight. It provides a realm to which one can find religious visions, clairvoyance, precognition or out of body experiences. 

Looking into this has opened up a new way of thinking about the connection between our eyes and soul being that this religion relates the two so much as the eyes being the pathway into the body and to our souls. This third eye is often associated also with the pineal gland which is located in the frontal lobe of the cranium.