The question of human consciousness has intrigued philosophers and scientists for centuries: its nature, how we perceive
our environment, how we think, our very awareness of thought and self. It has been suggested that stereoscopic vision is
“a paradigm of how the mind works” 1 In depth perception, laws of perspective are known, reasoned, committed to
memory from an early age; stereopsis, on the other hand, is a 3D experience governed by strict laws but actively joined
within the brain―one sees it without explanation. How do we, in fact, process two different images into one 3D module
within the mind and does an awareness of this process give us insight into the workings of our own consciousness?
To translate this idea to imaging I employed ChromaDepth™ 3D glasses that rely on light being refracted in a different
direction for each eye―colors of differing wavelengths appearing at varying distances from the viewer resulting in a 3D
space. This involves neither calculation nor manufacture of two images or views.
Environmental spatial imaging was developed―a 3D image was generated that literally surrounds the viewer. The
image was printed and adhered to a semi-circular mount; the viewer then entered the interior to experience colored
shapes suspended in a 3D space with an apparent loss of surface, or picture plane, upon which the image is rendered. By
focusing our awareness through perception-based imaging we are able to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain
works, how we see.