optography


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optography

the act or practice of reproducing optograms.
See also: Eyes
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'Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber' is an art installation created as an investigation into the idea that a 'final image' can be imprinted temporarily on the retina at the moment of death.
Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber runs until Wednesday at Sharjah Art Museum.
Optography is a method for extracting and temporarily "fixing" the last imprinted image on the retina, at the moment of death.
The first and only known human optogram, was created by Wilhelm KEaA-hne, a German physiologist in the 19th century, who happens to be the central character on which Derek Ogbourne built his "Museum of Optography."
Derek Ogbourne is a London-based artist who has been fascinated by eyes and mortality, after he was punched in the eye at a party in the 90s, which later led him into optography. He took that obscure idea by KEaA-hne and created around it some 300 works, ranging from drawings, recreations of the objects possibly used for optography, videos, installations, as well as two catalogues and an encyclopaedia.
Gulf News was given an exclusive pre-opening tour of his "Museum of Optography -The Purple Chamber", the latest instalment of his on going "Museum of Optography".