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February 19, 2008

Framing in Super Vision

There is multiple framing occurring on page 178 of Super Vision. The first is the framing of the human body, as a way to provide an outline of it, a structure. We see the raw forms of muscle, tissue, organs, and bones. They exist to us in their most real state, for no skin is concealing them. In this case, the skin only provides an outline of, a frame for the interior. It is also possible that the skin can be seen as framing because it provides boundaries in this image. We see the areas in which organs are enclosed, and the areas in which there is space void of such things.

One may also see the frame being the basic skeleton of this 3-D display. The skeleton provides the support; it is what holds together whatever muscle and organs we are seeing.

Framing is also occurring in a sense that this image provides a way of knowing, a way of looking at things from a different perspective. It illustrates to the viewer the functions of the complex systems of the human body.

On page 168 we see how the perspective of an x-ray provides framing to the image (flowers) that is being examined. We are given a new way to identify the flower as we are able to not only see it, but to see through it. The x-ray gives a new type of framing that the human eyes cannot. The petals which provide the frame (layers of protection) of the flower as well as the interior of the flower can be viewed simultaneously. Looking at this, I believe that both coexist, I don’t need to assume anymore.

Seeing it

Seeing through it

Posted by pbali at February 19, 2008 04:48 PM


That seeing through is crucial

especially in its support of accessing information beyond something, information blocked by something.

Transparency suggests that what was concealed is exposed, mechanisms responsible for how something behaves, the "nature" of something is presumed to become more apparent via transparency. Inner surfaces become the point of contact.

It is interesting that human tools of perception, the tools that access information, are also obstructions to knowing what is outside their range. Sometimes, these obstruction prevent ability to know, to substantiate that there is anything beyond.

Transparency is not generally a strategy that the human perceptual toolset includes. Most humans cannot see through, see inside that which does not appear transparent to human visual perception. The transparency is external to the human visual perception system. I don't know whether or not there is human visual distortion whose outcome is the seeing through things; however, in some forms of visual deficit, grayscale dominates, outlines, shadows --which is what some x-ray imagery resembles. So such deficits extend, build symmetry, connect with transparency.

it is also interesting that there are ways to transform most things into transparent forms. As you say, the potential for these forms coexist, the evidence for these forms coexists --the primary? the dominant form? Depends on who's looking, what's interacting, what's possible within the active frame(s)

Posted by: thyliasm at March 11, 2008 12:10 PM

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