HELPING YOU SEE AND BE SEEN.
This 3-D animation recreates a specific class of lighthouse lens invented in France during the 19th century and implemented throughout the United States in places like the Alcatraz penitentiary. Known as the Fresnel lens after the French engineer and physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, the optical technology demonstrated Fresnel’s new theorization of wave optics and the behavior of light, while visually presenting as ornate, baroque objects, varying endlessly from one instance to another. The lens here, rendered in digital space, is paired with advertising mantras for vision and optics, taken from opticians’ marketing campaigns. As an object that makes a certain kind of illumination possible, it is displayed here under the gaze of exterior lights; however, as it rotates, it dissolves into pixelation, resisting surveillance through the same motion as the lighthouse.