Eye for an eye

David Lyons, David R. Flatla

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Artist David Lyons and computer scientist David Flatla work collaboratively to create art that intentionally targets audiences of varying visual abilities mediated through smart device interfaces. Conceived as an investigation into theories and practices of visual perception, they explore the idea that artwork can be intentionally created to be experienced differently dependent on one’s visual abilities. They have created motion graphics and supporting recolouring and colour vision deficiency (CVD) simulation software. Some of the motion graphics communicate details specifically to those with colour blindness/CVD by containing moving imagery only seen by those with CVD. Others will contain moving images that those with typical colour vision can experience but appear to be unchanging to people with CVD. All the artwork is revealed for both audiences through the use of specially programmed smart devices, fitted with augmented reality recolouring and CVD simulation software. The visual elements come from various sources, including the Ishihara Colour Blind Test, movie marques, and game shows. The software created reflects the perceptual capabilities of most individuals with reduced colour vision. The development of the simulation software and the motion graphic series are examined and discussed from both computer science and artistic positions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Visualisation and the Arts
EditorsGraham Diprose, Jonathan P. Bowen, Nick Lambert
PublisherBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781780172859
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014
EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 201410 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing ( eWiIC)
ISSN (Electronic)1477-9358


ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts 2014
Abbreviated titleEVA2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Colour perception
  • Motion graphics
  • Colour vision deficiency (CVD)
  • Colour blindness
  • Mobile devices


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