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Daniel Cohen (M, 35)
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    I was thinking about my project earlier and I started to remember this story about shadows. How in the past people were forced to sit in chairs and could only see a wall with projected shadows on them and assumed that they were the real things that existed. Of course this is a story from my memory, one that I had to rediscover. Which leads me to realize that my proposal is about the rediscovery of memories. That story is actually part of a book, The Republic by Plato.

    AND now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: Behold! human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open toward the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette-players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

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    And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look toward the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned toward more real existence, he has a clearer vision—what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them—will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?


    While I know Plato is talking about the truth of knowledge and not knowing something is akin to being in the "dark", this very much is in my project's thesis.

    My work uses flashes of light projected into the face of a single viewer in a cave environment to both soothe and distress him/her. The viewer is also instructed and expected to view the light with their eyes closed. The light will thus stimulate the viewer to enter a hypnagogic state for a limited time. "During the hypnagogic state, an individual may appear to be fully awake, but has brain waves indicating that the individual is technically sleeping." The viewer will also be stimulated by the edited auditory memory to help coax the mind into imagining or discovering a memory.
    Tue, May 29, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: Plato, The Republic, memory, knowlege, light
    Sent to project: Design Media Arts at UCLA
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