Riflemaker is pleased to present Stone Souls
, a photographic exhibition by multimedia artist Graham Fink.
Stone Souls explores the psychological phenomenon of pareidoliathe perception of a visual or auditory pattern where there is none.
Often associated with religious or intellectual epiphany, pareidolia is credited with helping ancient civilizations to negotiate an unintelligible
world through the interpretation of signs where there was merely chaos.
We have since become predisposed to interpret abstract shapes and formations and to conclude stories from their fragmented clues
something that artistic movements such as Cubism and Abstraction understood implicitly.
For Fink, the phenomenon has become uniquely associated with his practice, which is intensely process-oriented.
His work evokes the discovery of familiar shapes and renderings by viewers - even where none were originally intended by the artist.
In the upcoming exhibition by Graham Fink, visitors will experience for the first time the creation of images using Eye-Tracking.
The artist will be 'drawing' live, using neither hand nor any instrument, other than his eyes. As he directs his own eye movement, lines appear on the page.
He will achieve this with the help of software he developed in conjunction with Tobii Technology in China - specifically a Tobii 'eye-tracker'.
The technology works by shining infra-red light directly into the eyes. The reflections are recorded by a camera through multi-algorithms and filters
which allow eye movement to immediately be translated to a screen.
Graham Fink writes:
I have been preoccupied with faces since childhood. I see them in rocks, clouds, cracks in walls - images I see in my mind's eye. These ongoing 'eye drawings'
can now be brought to life without art materials, paint, pencil or brushes. What I see I can draw directly onto a blank background, in this case a computer screen,
using only my eyes.
I draw the lines in my mind's eye and that is what develops. Sooner or later a face appears.
I work with this trusting my unconscious. The lines appear like digital markings.
Tobii is the world leader in eye-tracking, where all technology works in harmony with natural human behaviour. Tobii has transformed research in many fields and enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs.