Hyphen Hub presented two leading artists working with light and neurobiology.
Erwin Redl and Stephen Auger work with the multisensory experience of light as a medium, exploring it from differing perspectives along the pathway of seeing – from the emitting source and retinal stimulation to cognitive centers in the brain.
Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” virtual reality and 3D computer models back into architectural environments by means of large scale light installations. Erwin installed at The Red Door his mesmerizing work Twists and Turns, a large-scale light installation using suspended clear glass plates to reflect animated blue and red lasers. The installation remained on display at The Red Door for two years until the venue was forced to close its doors when it way demolished to give way to new construction. For this particular event, the artist activated his light installation. The audience remained in silence, surrounded by the ultra-sensorial spectacle, for the 12-minute loop.
Stephen Auger explores boundaries between sight and other senses, challenging viewers to consider “sensing” as a distinct and conscious form of perception. For the salon, Auger gave a talk about qualities of light as they pertain to perception and art, followed by a lively discussion that he led with the audience.
The night was guest curated and moderated by Dr. Koan Jeff Baysa, a curator and scientist working in the field of neuroscience.