The Endowment of Light: A Sense of Space

By Niall O'Hare.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: May 27, 2016 $US5.00

The perceptual image of light within architectural space continues to present questions. Exploring the role of light as a constructed image based upon visual perception, suggests more than an inert response to the received stimulus. Percept’s made through imaginative responses to the visual perception of light in architectural space, which include radiant light, shade, deep shadow and darkness may connect sources of worldliness. If this perception of light is coupled with overlapping strands of cognitive possibilities, it presents as both an imagined and recalled image, becoming an unconscious recollection, a received image endowment. This paper considers how light informs and directs perceptual contexts. It provides the opportunity to consider an unconscious haptic response to light, which may become an image memory. Light as an image, which continues to be interpreted as "atmosphere" or "presence," within linguistic reference systems makes the recognition and perception of light, central in understanding the contexts of space.

Keywords: Light, Shadow, Darkness, Perception

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.15-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: May 27, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 473.746KB)).

Niall O'Hare

PhD Candidate, Research Institute Art & Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK