When our visual perceptive system intakes color and value, the two are essentially processed separately. Value, or luminance, can be thought of as looking at an image in black and white. When two different hues have the same value, the distinction between the two disappears for the "WHERE" part of our brain. The contrast is still visible for the "WHAT" part of our brain that sees color. Thus, a shimmering effect is achieved that has long been used by artists, most notably starting with many of the impressionists.
The first set of content in this video, attempts to match the value of the middle square with the background. The success will depend highly on the calibration of your monitor.
The rectangle is always the complementary color of the background.
The second set of content presents the visual effect of halation (defined at colorisrelative.com). Every rectangle (and later band of color) is a single block of color. When you see the seven rectangles of color, the seeming gradients exist only within our visual perceptive system. In addition subtle, affects work to show how eye fatigue, the after image (which is the complementary color), can help relax vision.
The narration is provided by Jacob Liberman, mystic, doctor of optometry and author of Light: The Medicine of the Future, Take Off Your Glasses and See, and Wisdom from an empty mind.
The music is used under creative common copyrights.
Christopher Willits, Alexandre Navaro, and Iddu.
This piece was denied for entry to Art Maui 2011.