Final Project – Audiovisual Experiment

From the beginning of the class I’ve been interested in exploring ‘Sensorial Perception’ as it is something that is accessible to all / something we cannot avoid. I wanted to make people question the way their minds construct their physical reality and play with that construction – creating something which distort that reality.

How? So how do we construct our reality? We take in information from various senses and synthesise them. When they are in-sync, that heightens our perception vs. when they are not, our minds struggle and find a way to reconstruct them in a way that makes sense (illusion). This can result in a sense of disorientation. However, on the plus side, this can make us more aware, more nuanced and more appreciative of our regular physical reality.

With this thought I started experimenting with the audio visual realm of our perceptions.

Audio guides time. Vision guides direction.

1. Beats and pop


2. Digital direction


3. Analog direction

Going forward I would like to explore this thin line where we are able to recognise the patterns yet able to let go of the need to synchronise them.

Implicit Tests

Assignment: Speak directly to your unconscious. Try to change yourself or try to change other people. What should change about yourself or other people and how should you decide what to change.

In addition to the audiovisual experiment, this week I decided to take the Implicit Association Tests –

I took three tests in the order presented below. I found the results to be accurate if I had to ask myself about my preference. However, if people had asked me I would have conformed to the ideal belief of equality and ‘no judgement’ values I wish to present.

  1. Asian American (‘Asian – European American’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to recognize White and Asian-American faces, and images of places that are either American or Foreign in origin.Although a lot of my close friends are Asian Americans, I have no preference over people’s nationalities.

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  2. Sexuality (‘Gay – Straight’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish words and symbols representing gay and straight people. It often reveals an automatic preference for straight relative to gay people.I’m very neutral about people’s sexuality and do not believe people’s values are different at all.

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  3. Weight (‘Fat – Thin’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish faces of people who are obese and people who are thin. It often reveals an automatic preference for thin people relative to fat people.

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    I relatively prefer thin people as (for whatever reason) I find them more attractive – perhaps it presents a sense of control over their lifestyle.

Going forward I wish to be more aware of myself and to stop myself from pre-judging others. I wonder if we can use the same technology to ‘equalise’ people as well i.e. to form associations which help people become less biased in a positive / negative way.

Synchronisation of Senses

 “It’s rare we operate using just a single sense; we make full use of as much information as we can find, integrating sight, touch, our propensity for language, and other inputs. When senses agree, our perception of the world is sharper. We’ll look at how we mix up modes of operating (and how we can’t help doing so, even when we don’t mean to) and what happens when senses disagree.”
– Mind Hacks, Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain
Tom Stafford & Matt Webb

We often hear about audio illusions and visual illusions but what do audiovisual illusions look like? How do we integrate our perceptions – images and sounds – into a unified perceptual experience? How do we use our eyes and ears together?

Start at second 57 – this is an illustration of how a sound alters your vision.

We prefer to use our ears for timing and eyes for determining the location. — In the below experiment, I made a beat which fastens up and slows down in loop and simple buttons blinking in-sync and out-of-sync with the beat.

From the experiment I found that the even though we recognise patterns better with higher resolution e.g. big grids, the illusion is more clear when there is just one button.

I wonder what would happen if I hooked up an eye tracker (the reason I experimented with Joe on the tool last week) to the patches and animate the blinking based on where I’m looking or not looking.

To be continued…

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Assignment: Collect your digital footprint.

I’ve always wanted to look at the bigger picture of my life – but I never imagined the effects it would have on me.

Because I was never active on my email or social media, I decided to download my Google Location History Data to explore and experiment with. This dataset dates back to this time last year (Feb 18 – Feb 19) – I spent exactly half of that time in New York and half of that time in Bangkok. (

Before writing my own code, I went on Location History Visualizer to get a sense of the data ( In less than two minutes, I found myself tearing up about my past in Bangkok. It brought back memories I wanted to let go. — This experience of visually zooming in and out of my location history created a very dramatic change of emotion, from being very excited to somewhat traumatised.

After a while I calmed down and focused on my life in New York instead. I changed my mindset to think “Where are the places I’ve been and where else can I explore?”. This allowed me to think of my good memories when my family visited, look for places I enjoyed previously and look forward to other adventures.

My code:

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ABOUT DATA: I’m surprised by how accurate and detailed the tracking is. The data shows my friend’s apartment that I went to only once and stayed for just 10 minutes. If looking into detail, I can also see my bike trails vs. my walks. Google knows exactly where I am! This shouldn’t be a surprise, but it still is.

ABOUT ME: I’m surprised by the emotional influence this dataset has on me, and how it really depends on what lens I put on when looking at it.


For future development for this project, I will add a timeline and a clock. Timeline: to scroll and see if my life in New York changes by season / by the amount of time I’ve spent here (becoming more local). Clock: to see how my map changes by the time of day . The assumption is that after 12-1 AM I’m mostly at Bobst or ITP. Hopefully this will trigger some positive change.

The questions I have after having done this assignment are “How do we consciously explore data?” and “How can we let the insights reveal themselves in a suitable manner?” (not take us by surprise in a negative way). Another thought I have is that these data let us live the past over and over again whereas our minds have a different way in managing these memories – how do we balance the two – accepting the truth and being present.

A quote I’m pondering: “The fact that we change all the time is what makes us human”

Huge thank you to Morgan Mueller for coding help.

Exposing ROY

I began being interested in the idea of ‘Rest of You’ through my personal sensorial experiences – specifically when I felt a sense of ‘Flow’ in my body and mind i.e. when I started feeling that things I see were changing states even although they weren’t, or when I felt physically touched although the object was merely close to my skin. These moments happened when I was slow enough to notice them. At the same time, however, these moments happen constantly all the time, only imperceptible because my conscious mind makes sense of them differently or filters them out.

Being aware of my own sensorial perception has helped me understand the concept of ‘Individualistic Reality’, what I think is not what I see, and what I see is not what others see, and as a result has helped me overcome a lot of misunderstanding events in my life.

From the discussion in class and readings, I found these concepts to be intriguing:

‘We are optimised to survive, not to be happy’

‘Senses plus mind equals reality’ – Subliminal

‘To find your flow is to find the balance between our consciousness and our unconsciousness’ // we are not made of one or the other but both.

‘Our minds are more like lawyers than analysts’ – Stranger to ourselves // we tend to believe what we want to believe.

While rational illusions and other concepts interest me, I want to focus on sensorial illusions because, to me, it is the most provocative (mainly because it is so close to us and almost impossible to ignore, also least rational – does not require one who is not interested to ‘think’, thus most accessible). Plus, I believe experiencing a sensorial flow can stimulate one to be very curious about how the mind works and begin to explore and discover other aspects of it.

Project ideas – to be researched and developed

VISUAL (space) & SOUND (time) – the synchronisation or the lack of synchronisation

TOUCH – how it is influenced by visuals

SMELLS – how smells can influence our emotions (we can’t help it, it reaches the emotional part of the brain even before the cognitive part)