The strange sense when looking at a photograph of a view that had made a deep impression on you, and seeing that view reproduced in a photograph. Alternatively, the gap between a picture that you have seen and that of the real view that you see.
We actually see space not with our eyes, but through our brains. We understand the space around us by compiling and interpreting the information from the eyes with our common sense, education and a combination of experiences. For example, we understand pictures drawn in perspective because we live in a city that exhibits uniformity, we have our educational background in perspective, and we also often see pictures and movies. Yet, even in the present day, ethnic groups who live in a primitive environment are not able to understand perspective pictures correctly, and even though a visually impaired person may have a successful operation to give them sight, if they have not had sufficient experience of the world, they may not be able to understand the space around them. Thus, to understand pictures and movies that exist on a plane surface it requires an understanding of space.
Why is it that in the modern world people feel less of a differentiation between the real world and that of photographs and movies?
Perhaps it is because we have begun to see the world through the eyes of our education in perspective to such an extent that we see the real world in the same manner as a photograph or movie. People actually look at the world from a subjective point of view more than they realize. However, once we determine the world as physical and objective, then the subjective world is discarded. People believe the space they look at is the same as in pictures and movies.
How would the world look in a culture sphere which emphasizes subjective understanding and physical sense over objectivity?
The ancient Japanese did not emphasize understanding of the world objectively. They thought of the world subjectively.
But how did people understand the world before the emphasis on an objective point of view?
In order to understand this problem we have tried to see the world as our Japanese ancestors did.
Japanese expression in paintings takes an ideological approach to depict space on a plane, without the geometric calculations and laws of perspective, space was ideological perceived. We thought that the process of trying to express Japanese painting using virtual computer 3D CG might help us to understand the way our Japanese ancestors understood space, and that that would serve as a hint that would enable us to recombine the subjective and objective world vision. That was the incentive for this project. Furthermore, we think it might help us to recombine the subjective and objective worlds once again.
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