A second part of the project was the exploration of gestalt, both graphically and contextually.
While not explicitly part of the image, Kanizsa figures instead imply the perception of a shape. Typically, the negative space-shape creates an illusion that seems brighter and closer to the viewer than the positive space actually drawn.
Kanizsa symbols belong to Gestalt psychology, which centers around the self-organizing tendencies of the human mind. The effect allows us to visually recognize whole forms instead of just random groups of marks. Reiſication, based on memory and societal norms, extends our perception to process more information than what is physically shown. Both principles allow us to explore the versatility and ambiguity of the mind.
HAUNTS explores how we might extend these principles to existentially connect the locations seen in this project through the intangible context of shared experience.