Helping you see and be seen.

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This 3-D animation recreates a specific class of lighthouse lenses invented in France during the 19th century and implemented throughout the United States in places like the Alcatraz penitentiary. Known as Fresnel lenses after the French engineer and physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, they demonstrate Fresnel’s new theorization of wave optics and the behavior of light, yet visually present as ornate, baroque objects, varying endlessly from one case to another. The lens here, rendered in digital space, is paired with fictitious advertising mantras for vision and optics. As an object that makes vision possible, it is displayed here under the gaze of exterior lights; however, as it rotates, it dissolves into pixellation, resisting surveillance through the same motion as the lighthouse.

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