"Best Visual Illusion of the Year" Contest
Visual Illusions teach us a lot about how the brain works.
Posted May 14, 2012
She has conducted experiments using a visual illusion created by Victor Vasarely, the founder of the op art movement. He painted squares one inside another, each varying in shades of gray from black to white. The illusion occurs at the corners, which appear brighter than the rest of the image, although in truth they are not.
To prove her point, Martinez-Conde organizes an annual "Best Illusion of the Year" competition. This year’s contest happens today, May 14. This evening, over a thousand vision scientists and visual artists will join with the general public in the Naples Philharmonic Hall in Naples, FL. The audience will choose the top three winners from a preselected group of ten finalists, chosen by an international committee of impartial judges. Illusion researchers and artists from all over the world have submitted their latest creations: dozens of stunning visual illusions. The winners will take home a trophy designed by the acclaimed Italian sculptor Guido Moretti: the trophies are visual illusions themselves.
Today’s event will be the eighth annual edition of the "Best Illusion of the Year” award program. Previous editions drew numerous accolades from attendees as well as international media coverage (Wired, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, etc). The contest's website receives more than 5 million hits a year. The event is hosted by the Neural Correlate Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote public awareness of neuroscience research and discovery.
For More Information:
Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions, by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee (Henry Holt, 2010).
Click here to find out about the 2013 winners.
Photo Credit: Horse-lady illusion from visualillusionpictures.com.