The Subjective Constitution of the Senses

An exploration of surrealism and the grotesque

This surrealist creation — the human form reduced to its sensory organs — is inspired by 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant's thesis that we cannot experience the world around us in its true form, but merely a subjective appearance of objects, time and space as interpreted through our perceptions. Essentially, each person interprets the world around them and forms their own version of reality.

The animation is designed for display on a vertical monitor, endlessly looping a day/night cycle where the figure interacts with the viewer as well as its own environmental stimuli. I endeavored to create a grotesque juxtaposition of realistic human forms and yet draw a sense of empathy from the viewer by giving the creature a curious and naïve personality.