Archive for the ‘Questions for research’ category


September 25, 2008

Ok I know I said I would look into colour inversion some more but I just had too many thoughts, ideas and avenues that I also wanted to look into. They all relate to the use of shapes, space and composition in one way or another. The one at the forefront of all this is geometry and then closely behind this follows symmetry.

So…I think I will make categories of all the subjects/areas and then add to each whenever I come across something of relevance for each.

Now back to geometry. A quick definition from wikipedia:

Geometry (Greek γεωμετρία; geo = earth, metria = measure) is a part of mathematics concerned with questions of size, shape, and relative position of figures and with properties of space. Geometry is one of the oldest sciences. Initially a body of practical knowledge concerning lengths, areas, and volumes, in the third century B.C., geometry was put into an axiomatic form by Euclid, whose treatment – Euclidean geometry – set a standard for many centuries to follow. The field of astronomy, especially mapping the positions of the stars and planets on the celestial sphere, served as an important source of geometric problems during the next one and a half millennia.

Ok so we can see there are actually different types of geometry too – but we’ll have to come back to this later. Now for a definition from

–noun, plural ‑tries.

  1. the branch of mathematics that deals with the deduction of the properties, measurement, and relationships of points, lines, angles, and figures in space from their defining conditions by means of certain assumed properties of space.
  2. any specific system of this that operates in accordance with a specific set of assumptions: Euclidean geometry.
  3. the study of this branch of mathematics.
  4. a book on this study, esp. a textbook.
  5. the shape or form of a surface or solid.
  6. a design or arrangement of objects in simple rectilinear or curvilinear form.

It seems to me there’s more involved in geometry than I originally thought. It’s not just about fitting shapes together to make them look pretty – Ok I knew there was some maths involved too, calculating angles – making sure that the outcome could be continued for eternity using tiling and rotated symmetry. So my next step is to look into this further. Find out where this study of lines, shapes, depths and space came from and why it links to astronomy and even spirituality! Looks like I’ve given myself even more homework to do!

Why do we see what we see?

August 23, 2008

What intrigues me is the way our eyes see certain things over others. Ok so theres a lot that we can go in to as to why this is the case. Colours, shapes, size, recognition, and all kinds of other physical or social aspects and influences, not to mention the scientific explanations.

Eventually I’ll go through as many of these aspects and influences as I possibly can. But I wouldn’t want to overhelm anyone, just yet.

The aim of this is to see what ideas I can produce to form a project that will somehow convey what I have learnt from my investigations into the topic of space, shapes and anything/everything that has a bearing on both. Let’s see where the journey takes me. Because believe me – I have no idea either.

To start this off I’m going to look at the idea of colour inversion. So firstly we’ve all seen this image right?

Goblet illusion, black on white  Goblet illusion, white on black

And we all know that it’s called the goblet illusion because the goblet is the first thing you see. Why is that? Why don’t we all see the two faces first? Would it work if we inverted the colours?

What do you think? I certainly think the faces are easier to see when they are in black but the goblet is still a very prominent part of the image – stands out a lot. I thought maybe it would be the fact that a larger part of the image was taken up by the goblet? Or maybe it was just the central positioning?

I’m going to leave it here for now. Do some research and see what I find.