George Themistokleous (www.machiningvision.org) is an architect and a lecturer in architectural design and history and theory at the Leeds School of Architecture. He has a BA in Architecture and Art History and two postgraduate degrees in Architecture (MA, MArch). His doctoral research considers the limitations of current architectural representational methods in relation to a re-thinking of bodily and machinic vision, through custom made optical devices and multimedia installations. His most recent work, the project – ‘Diplorasis: The Other Side of Vision’- has been selected and exhibited in the 2016 Acadia Conference – Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines in Ann Arbor, Michigan (October, 2016) and the papers ‘Mediating the Interval’, ‘Digitally Stitching Stereoscopic Vision’ and ‘Image as a Virtual Construction’ will be featured in the forthcoming publications Image Temporality: The Relation of Time, Space and Reception of Visual Media, Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS, ed. L. Grabbe P. Rupert-Kruse and N. M. Schmitz, Büchner-Verlag), Visual Methodologies in Architecture (ed. I. Troiani and S. Ewing, Intellect) and Inter- photography and architecture (ed. R. A. Alcolea and J.T. Mingo). He is co-editor (with Teresa Stoppani and Giorgio Ponzo) of the book This Thing Called Theory (Routledge).
“Interdisciplinary practice – machining vision- integrates both design research and practice from architecture, media studies and art history. Past and current projects include the making of custom-made visual devices and multi-media installations that try to interrogate and superimpose older and newer media (photography, film, stereoscopy, digital image processes). The work attempts to explore the space between embodied and disembodied perceptions and the ensuing visual understandings that these suggest. Through practical and theoretical experimentations the body/ space relationship re-considers the solidity of the corporeal body and its duration. One such project, the diplorasis, appropriates the functioning of the stereoscope yet it extends its perception through live digital feed and image manipulation processes, creating a confrontation between experiencing the body’s own functioning (interoception) and unexpectedly viewing the image of one’s body from without (doubling). “