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electronic, optical illusion

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Dominic Rushton

on 1 February 2013

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The work and progression with electronic media Leif Podhajsky Electronic Media
for Optical Illusion
Project The inspiration to create an Electronic media aspect to the optical illusion project, was derived from experimenting with pull outs and hidden imagery.
Researching Leif Podhajsky and his colourful, psychedelic, imaginative artwork and his electronic media, inspired me to start experimenting with Photoshop and other software. Leif Podhajsky's video artworks also inspired me to work with moving imagery and animation.

One of his best works with moving imagery is labelled "No carry on liquids" on my memory stick.

Feel Good Lost, are a visual arts production unit and music label, who make short films and visuals for music artists. They perform their own brand of live visuals and also create digital art prints and work in design and photography. Feel Good Lost's artwork is very psychedelic and uses landscape imagery. They edit the landscape, making it appear to be unrealistic and futuristic. Causing the image to look unreal, makes the viewer think that they have been taken to another world.
Feel Good Lost's artwork also inspired me to work with psychedelic imagery and optical illusions produced via Photoshop and other software.
Feel Good Lost also have an array of psychedelic and hallucinogenic videos. These have been used by many famous bands and record companies as their official music videos. Here is an extremely psychedelic music video which has been created by Feel Good Lost.
It is labelled "Clinic-seamless boogie woogie" on my memory stick Animation Stages This is the original photograph which was taken in Vermont, USA whilst visiting my brother. I particularly liked the warm colours of the trees in contrast with the cool blue sky. This photograph is the starting point for my animation project. I began to experiment with the photograph by using different visual effects. Following on from my first attempts, I began to cover each layer of the image over the previous layer by making the image smaller each time. The inspiration for this came from Leif Podhajsky's cover for the Tame Impala, Innerspeaker album which is one of my favourite albums, both musically and artistically.
The effect of the image creates an experience for the viewer of being immersed in a psychedelic journey, as it draws them into the centre of the artwork. Progressing on from the previous image, I rotated each of the layers equally to produce a more accurate pattern. This maintained the optical illusory passage effect. It also adds to the experience for the viewer of being transported to a psychedelic dimension through a spiraling wave. I expanded the idea of the wave effect on the image by creating a double reflective optical illusion. This shows the creation and manipulation of a simple, yet beautiful photograph into a striking psychedelic pattern. To further develop the image, I blended it into a kaleidoscope sequence which enhances the intricate patterns of the artwork. To add to the intensity of the dreamy pattern, I then multiplied it by a factor of six. This introduced more patterning into the sequence. To add depth to the kaleidoscopic effect, I progressed onto using animation to create a gentle flowing film, which presents a relaxing sensation for the observer. This is a link to optical illusions and psychedelic media, as both mediums can combine to make onlookers feel calm and relaxed. After exploring M.C.Escher's mathematical accuracy in artwork, I started to use geometric patterning in my own work. By building geometric style into the moving images, I produced animations which are both simple yet powerful; creating a dreamy experience for the observer. The animation of this picture is on my memory stick labelled as number 1. This is the second geometric pattern which I created using Pixlr. I made the image react to the centre by using polar co-ordination, turning it into a decorative circle. I then further developed it into an animation. This animation is labelled as number 2 on my memory stick. For this background image
I created a textural hexagon and combined it a number of times to produce this colourful image. This image has an optical illusion effect similiar to scales on a reptile, with each individual scale of the picture appearing to move towards the observer. I then turned the image into a psychedelic textural journey using the kaliedoscope effect of Pixlr. This effect makes the observer feel like they are being transported into another dimension.

The animation is number 3 on my memory stick. Natural hallucination
animation After my work with animations, I wanted to create a video to increase the thrill and experience of the journey for the observer. My search for natural hallucinations, which would create a powerful experience for the viewer, led me to finding the Jesus optical illusion. If the onlooker stares at this image for a small amount of time and then looks away at a blank wall, an image of Jesus can be seen, which produces an element of surprise. Experiencing the Jesus optical illusion
gave me the idea of creating my own
natural hallucination animation. I wanted to produce my own version of this technique, so that the viewer can experience the effect that simple imagery can have upon them.
I decided to use a very hypnotic lining, which would certainly make the viewers experience disorientation and therefore would have a greater impact. This is what I wanted to achieve. A scene from the natural hallucination I created. How the natural hallucination was created

For the natural hallucination to work, it would have to be a continuous image. Firstly I created the initial stages. These contain equally separated black and white lines.

I then multiplied the image out into four, each rotating at 90 degrees to the one before it. After that, I made each of the multiplied images move slightly towards the direction in which they were facing. Original image, moving to the right. Rotated at 90 degrees and moving downwards. Rotated at 180 degrees from the original image and moving towards the left. Rotated at 270 degrees from original image and moving upwards. My first attempt at natural hallucination is labelled number 4 on my memory stick.

This animation portrays some aspects of a hallucination but I felt as if there could be improvements made, so the effects on the viewer could be even more intense. For my second attempt at making a natural hallucination, I doubled the effect by having the first hallucinatory image portrayed going backwards. Then I added another layer on top of this, showing the hallucination going forwards. The double effect hallucination animation is labelled number 5 on my memory stick

Please follow the instructions provided
Try not to blink often whilst watching
Once instructed to look away, look at a blank wall and the hallucination should appear. I decided to make this animation because I wanted to create an impressive hypnotic experience for the viewer. My first attempt was not as successful as the second attempt due to it only having a partial effect on the observer.
I liked the subject matter involved with the natural hallucination, as I find the effects they have on the viewer extremely fascinating. The rotation of this animation is a spiraling motion, which helps add to the hypnotic feeling experienced by the observer.

The image I have made is an experiment with the use of hypnotic and hallucinogenic imagery. This is derived by a simple lined formation, which transforms into an effective hypnotic animation. Work with lasers I have always had a fascination with lasers and how they create the powerful straight line they emit, but I have never used them in my artwork. So, I started experimenting on how to manipulate the laser beam into my optical illusion and psychedelic based media. This is some experimental work I constructed, observing how the laser beams would appear after being projected through lead crystal glasses.
The effects are very interesting with the lasers showing an array of random patterning which possesses psychedelic elements. Both these experiments
contain shapes and their shadows.
I considered how the crystal glass laser images would look with shadowed shapes involved as well. Experimenting more with the lasers,
I started to quickly spray the lasers onto an array of objects, with the best effect coming from when the lasers were shone onto the grass. These images were simply created by quickly shining the laser beam onto the grass in one hand, whilst taking photos with the other hand. The images that I created look as though they have been sprayed with neon paint. The random sprayed effects have a psychedelic effect which is new to me, so I wanted to explore and manipulate this technique further. These are a collection of a couple of the most artistic laser spray photos, as the patterning they create is very psychedelically random. This is very effective with the colouring linked with these images. The entry on my memory stick, labelled Number 6, is a short film on the random laser spray photographs that I took. It is portrayed as a random disorganised journey. After the spray laser patterns, I developed the psychedelic patterning even more with the imagery by using an array of Photoshopped versions of the laser sprayed photographs. The original photograph of the laser spray. This Photoshopped version of the previous image, experiments with colour, whilst still keeping the laser spray effect. This image also contains layering which makes the work appear to come towards the viewer. This image shows an optical illusion contained within a sprayed laser spiral, which takes the viewer into another dimension. This image was created by the Photoshopped image before being stretched away out of the circle into this colourful dripping paint style. This work is a double reflected image which was manipulated by Photoshopping into this colourful, textural pattern. This is one of the most elaborate laser spray manipulations created using Photoshop. This image has a 3d effect, which is very compelling to the observer, as the image seems to be coming out of the picture towards the viewer. Light Art was also a form of experimentation using light to create psychedelic patterning. This is a random trail of light captured as a photograph taken by myself and a colleague from my art class. This random trail is very interesting to an observer as they wonder how it has been created. The bright colour draws them into following the trail of light. This was my attempt at creating a spiral using light art. It worked well with a spiral appearance with the elegant colours attracting the viewer. Final light art and laser photographs Having experimented with lasers, myself and a colleague from my art class developed collaborative photographs using lasers and other light sources. We both discussed how the imagery would be able to link in with our projects. We decided on a landscape with rays of lasers being sprayed in random patterns across the scene, which was then taken on the light capturing camera. The first laser landscape we created did not work particularly well, as the laser beam which we captured was blurry. This didn't project the randomness of the sprayed images as well as the other later laser photographs did. This is the most effective landscape image, as the laser work in the image makes the scene look like a fire of random red lasers. This projects a psychedelic impression onto the landscape.

This photography worked better than the previous image, as it shows in detail the laser spray effect, which is what I found interesting. I wanted to experiment more with this technique in my laser artwork. This is grass sprayed with a red laser. This is my final piece of sprayed laser work. It was created by using the same method of having a camera on a light sensitive setting with a slow shutter speed. This enabled the camera to capture all the random trails of light. After producing the final designs for light Art and working with lasers, I started to manipulate them in the style of Leif Podhajsky. I made them symmetrical both horizontally and vertically to create vivid pieces of artwork. This piece was created by spraying the lasers onto the landscape. This artwork looks like a pair of lips. This piece was created by spraying the laser along the grass and then taking a photograph. This is an even more progressive piece of the laser spraying onto the landscape photograph. I have produced a 3d effect upon the symmetry of the artwork by using Photoshop. This produces an even greater sensation for the viewer. This piece is an inverted image of the image just shown, to illustrate how changing the picture can create another symmetrically vivid piece. This piece of artwork is another 3d effect from the Photoshopped version of the sprayed laser pattern on the grass. The 3d effect produces more of a psychedelic journey for the observer. Again, the image appears to move towards the viewer. I decided to display my laser sprayed pictures to shock the observer. I did this by projecting the laser spray in art galleries and onto artwork. This effectively makes the viewer believe that I have ruined the artwork or building but actually I have added a different slant to the image. This painting was created by Richard Oelze. I decided to add my sprayed laser image to the painting to create a different effect. The people in the painting are looking upwards towards the sky. This gave me the idea to make my laser spray image look like lightning. This tricks the viewer into thinking that I have either ruined the painting or have added a twist to it. I decided to Photoshop the image from the above onto a black and white photo of buildings. This created a psychedelic 3d take on an urban street scene. In conclusion I found the work that I did with optical illusions, psychedelic art and work with lasers to be both absorbing and interesting for myself and the viewer. I would like to further explore these forms of artwork and expression.
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