One person's art is another person's steampunk fantasy. This large copper dome, which is lowered over a person's head as part of the Eye Resonator art installation, evokes the pseudo-Victorian mechanical style. But in fact, it's quite high-tech.
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Eye-tracking technology inside the dome fixates on the person's eye motion as well as pupil dilation to produce an audio-visual feedback loop represented in images of swarming birds, insects, fish and plankton. The aim of the Eye Resonator, according to the developers, John Shearer, of the University of Lincoln, UK, and digital artists at Newcastle University, is to react to the viewer's state of arousal and then constantly revise the audio and visual pattern, encouraging the viewer to achieve a balanced state of a control and relaxation.
Every day, humans are surrounded by white noise and chaos. There's road traffic, commercials, chatter, elevator music, not to mention the myriad stimuli coming from our electronic devices. This art installation is attempting to use technology to focus the mind and make sense of chaos.