'Astigmatism' (Alternate Visual Realities)

A lens of high magnification is set within a bespoke, pivoting metal frame. A grid is displayed on a light box behind which, when viewed through the lens at varying orientations and distances, becomes animated and distorted, demonstrating the range of strengths and angles seen with the eye condition 'Astigmatism'

One of three pieces exhibited for MA Information Experience Design graduation show, RCA, 2017.
A physical exploration and extended research project into how visual impairment and eye conditions impact and change the way we see. More specifically, what these alternate perspectives look like when isolated.​
In discovering that within contemporary medicine, there are only basic, crude visualisations that represent visual conditions, where doctors treat the physical condition but do not sympathise with the patients subjective accounts reveals a gap in science.

This lack of material and emotional content for visual conditions is what this project aimed to confront and expand upon. In order to produce better visualisations, simulations or tools and to document and exhibit the abstract, subjective views of these alternate visual realities.​

Astigmatism, a type of refractive error in which the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina, normally results in varying strengths of distorted or blurred vision at all distances.​

A lens of high magnification is set within a bespoke, pivoting metal frame. In exhibition a grid is displayed on a light box mounted on the wall behind the lens which corresponds to the Snellen charts of an opticians sight test. When viewed through the lens at varying orientations and distances, the grid becomes animated and distorts, demonstrating different astigmatic strengths and angles.


The aesthetics of the final pieces are intended to appear as medical apparatus, from traditional experimental contraptions to modern, minimal machines, and together represent how certain individuals view the world. The first is an audio piece, which informs two installations. An optical installation that focuses on the condition Astigmatism (this one) and a binocular chamber that looks at the more abstract phenomena called Visual Snow (found here) .