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A Thursday in 1997: I push clay across the desk. A young, nonverbal boy with autism
sticks his fingers in, pushes it back. For half an hour we do this. He never looks at me. The
clay is no advanced technology, but still in muddy thumbprints it records our effort and finally
our failure to understand each other My starting point is that struggle to know another person,
wondering what the boy saw and how any two of us can find a common vision.
The following 3 pages show my work on developing data analytic methods for quantifying salience in
naturalistic viewing and measuring deviation from normative patterns of visual scanning. These analyses
will enable a deeper understanding of how the actions of visual observers shape what they see.
My proposal is to trace the visual coupling between two people by
following the movements of one person's eyes as they touch another. I want to
record that touch and re-create the drawing that takes shape at the point of
contact, where the expression on one person's face emerges in the eyes of
another. I will create an installation for the re-viewing of personal vision by
mapping the gaze of different emotions.
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