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Title: The visible and tangible eye
Authors: Ellis, Eugenia Victoria
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: Paper presented at the 1998 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conferences in St. Louis, Missouri and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Abstract: In 1709, the bishop George Berkeley proposed a "new theory of vision" which relied upon both the visible and the tangible eye. He suggested that visual perception is dependent on our experience of the relationships between objects based upon our own relative positions in space which he described as a tactile perception. He distinguished between the perceptions of sight and touch, and believed that one could not exist without the other in the perception of the world. Guidizio dell'occhio (judgment of the eye) could be considered to be the intuitive sense of spatial relationships developed from our experience of space by the extension into space of our senses through drawing what we see (visual and haptic perception); from the memory of being and acting in space. Phantasia (the creative imagination) is always related to a mental picture and disegno interno is both perception and conception which is an activity of the senses and imagination as well as an activity of the practical intellect because it is necessary to imagine what we are going to do in order to be guided in doing it. However, the more the sphere of application becomes rationalized (for example the replacement of thinking through drawing by computer applications), the less does the proper exercise of judgment along with practical experience take place.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2055
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