Art that's an illusion, that's science


By AGENCY

Illusion: Nothing Is As it Seems explores the neuroscience and physics of illusion, as well as the motivations and mechanics of sensory deception. Photos: The Star/Low Boon Tat

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Can you trust your senses? Do you believe your eyes? Is your mind being tricked?

These are just some of the questions being posed by Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems, the mind-bending exhibition making its debut here to deceive Malaysians for a limited time.

For the first time in Asia, the exhibition welcomes visitors daily until Jan 2016 at Petrosains Discovery Centre, KLCC.

The exhibition is a perception-shattering insight into the human mind, combining science and art to deceive the visitor through optical, perceptual and audio illusions.

It shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what we observe by playfully allowing visitors to experience concepts used by magicians and explored by psychologists.

According to Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim, the exhibition is aimed to nurturing scientific citizens among the future generation.

[caption id="attachment_146402" align="alignnone" width="770"]New York artist Gregory Barsamian's 3D phenakistoscopic piece which spins under a strobe light to create the illusion of motion from a series of fixed scenes. New York artist Gregory Barsamian's 3D phenakistoscopic piece which spins under a strobe light to create the illusion of motion from a series of fixed scenes.[/caption]

"Illusion is yet another platform for us to make science interesting and impactful," she says.

"As the arts have always projected the undeniable capacity to ignite and cultivate passion in people, and now with the element of psychological trickery thrown in, illusion then serves as a hook to draw and intrigue our audiences towards science," Tengku Nasariah adds.

The exhibition was launched by Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia, Eamon Hickey.

The exhibition features more than 15 installations that will distort the senses and mystify logical thinking.

Curated by psychologist and author Richard Wiseman, researched by magician and escapologist Paul Gleeson, and created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, the exhibition offers a diverse range of artwork or exhibits that deal with different types of illusions. – Bernama


More info at www.petrosains.com.my

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