Notes for Peripheral Vision Performance:
Scanning the room: Vision implies linearity, Meeting a person: locking eyes. Being at war: the 'fate line' of shooting someone. There is a direct relation between war and vision.
The evolved brain as filtration mechanism for attention. Making sense in sea of relation to avoid sensory overload.
How we sense naturally have political implications. Gaze, but also hierarchy of attention, of the senses and the speed and care with which we focus our attention.
Being a baby: We are born helpless (zebras can run 45 mins after they are born), we learn on the job, we are plastic, we can adapt to different environments. We exist in a constant interplay with everything around us, and we are in no way static beings. We get moulded to fit the world around us.
We need to change our concepts: This entire year has been the hottest on record. We are not hard-wired to perceive environmental change. A common rule in adaptation is that if you cannot perceive a threat you cannot act upon it. Perhaps we need to re-consider our span of attention. Perhaps it is time to challenge preconceived notions of how we perceive change within our environment. We are culturally trained to be more sensitive to some events than others.
Ferrets hearing colour: When the default operations of the brain is challenged we understand better the processes with which we function. These goggles does not rearrange my neurons directly, like some MIT researchers did by rewiring the auditory and visual cortex of ferrets, but they challenge my focal line. They disrupt my bodily experience making me question what I pay attention to.
They are also a technology (although cheaply made from cardboard and some broken-up makeup mirrors). The technologies we create also enact a highly subjective selection of how we perceive our world, and as they extend our bodies they condition how we move, live, remember.
Peripheral vision exercise: We can all train our peripheral vision by holding out our fingers, focusing not on the person before us, but on the dancing movements of the surrounding landscapes, of the colours and shades, shapes and sounds around us.