Outside-in is an architectural installation that responds to questions of visual perception. The project examines architecture’s relationship to technology and the observer, and the role the visual experience plays in manipulating and reconditioning our perceptions. Outside-in operates as a machine for viewing, hybridising several visual apparatuses (a periscope, telescope, microscope and kaleidoscope) into a single form, inviting users to stop, interact and look inside.
Externally, Outside-in appears as a labyrinthine series of intersecting vectors constructed from welded brushed aluminium. Internally, a mirrored acrylic interior produces a succession of kaleidoscopic viewing corridors that define specific lines of vision, drawing in and distorting the surrounds. Situated in three different environments (the grass, the sand and the rocks), a range of forces shape its internal and external performance. Interactions occur between viewers as they try to navigate the mechanics between what they are seeing and where they are looking.
Outside-in offers a new way of seeing the surrounding environment by drawing viewers’ attention to the mechanics and manipulations involved in vision. The three sculptures were exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney (2015) and Perth (2016).