Perception – Greg Cargill

Over the course of this semester I have focused on a single animal when it comes to perceptions and assignments.  Specifically the Sea Turtle.


The first sense discussed is that of touch.  Turtles have no special receptors that allow them to perceive the world differently through contact.  However when it comes to their bodies they are typically made up of a large hard exterior shell and slightly softer scaly skin.  To that in this project presented below which is currently untitled is based on the idea that part of the animal is hard and the other soft.  In the piece protected by the jar is a carving made of Purple Heart and Basswood.  Basswood being very soft and Purple heart incredibly strong.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4796



Sea Turtles have a singular ear drum that are passive.  Unlike human eardrums Turtles do no move they are fixed on either end.  This set up allows turtles to hear very low frequency noises.  With that this piece was created as a passive amplifier for small speakers on a cell phone.  The amplifier has no moving parts and the amplification is done simply from reverberations in the wood.  The video below is an example of this project warning: the audio quality isn’t the best.



Turtles have the almost unique ability to differentiate smells that originate from either above or below sea level.  Meaning they can tell if what they believe is food to be coming from either above or below water giving them an advantage when it comes to avoiding predators and finding food.  An interested way of showing this would be install a tour through a gallery using a continue trail of fragrance.  However instead of just one route through the gallery there would be two.  Allowing the viewer to choose the scent they find most enjoyable and follow it through the showing.



Working in collaboration with Karina Rigby we did research into how Octopus perceive the world.  Specifically their perception of taste.  Octopus taste centres are focused on the suckers on their tentacles.  With this in mind we wondered how would the world be perceived if we tasted the world through our extremities.  Would we taste the world, and the air all the time? Would we be able to filter through the constant sensory perception?  To simulate this we made a series of pieces that approximate the appearance of tongues but, worn on the hands and feet the purpose is to allow the individual wearing the projects to think about where their hands and feet are touching and what they might taste like.



The world we perceive through sight is seen through a series of rods and cones that transmit colour to the brain.  Animals generally have similar eyesight with different spectrums of colour.  When trying to understand how they perceive the world it is hard to see what they see unless digitally altered.  Two potential installations would be a hallway installed at the entrance of a gallery, on either side of this hallway would be projectors projecting the world as perceived by animals.  Either the same one or one and its predator.

The second installation would include and Encyclopedia of the world however the images would be digitally altered as though they were being looked at by various different animals.

Below are images altered to appear with heightened blues and greens.