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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm

Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha uses her arms and a lick of paint to create the most amazing optical illusions, and has built up a following of 16,000 on Instagram.
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An artist who uses her hands and arms to sketch 3D figures and concepts.
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Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion

Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Humans are not the only species to use visual trickery to their advantage
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Another great set of animal illusion examples. 

The post discusses the techniques of masquerade, crypsis and mimicry

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Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion

Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Images uploaded by amerxp00
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The anamorphic work of Alessandro Diddi. 

Brilliant. Wish I could post more of his pictures.

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THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY

THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
by Ariadna Zierold Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exh
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Hurray! Some original (sort of) illusions.

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Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At

Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artists like Chris Carlson make trippy murals with their skillful mastery of perspective. Though his chalk drawings are on a flat surface, they're so well done that they'd have you to believe they were 3-D. A time-lapse of Carlson's work was recently featured on the...
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Includes some good videos.

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New Body Painting Illusions by CHOOO-SAN | Web Odysseum

New Body Painting Illusions by CHOOO-SAN | Web Odysseum | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Wow. She's back and she's been busy.

Freaky.

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Anamorphic Optical Illusions Murals by Ella and Pitr (9 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings, Streetstyle > anamorphic, artwork, design, illusion, murals, streetart

Anamorphic Optical Illusions Murals by Ella and Pitr (9 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings, Streetstyle > anamorphic, artwork, design, illusion, murals, streetart | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Hier kommen das beste aus Streetart und anamorphotischen Illusionen zusammen: die aus Frankreich kommenden Streetartists
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Oh,wow! This is just so incredible. I don't know who Ella and Pitr but I am pretty impressed.

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3D Optical Illusions by Justen Ladda (12 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings > 3D, illusions, installations, paintings, sculptures

3D Optical Illusions by Justen Ladda (12 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings > 3D, illusions, installations, paintings, sculptures | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Herrliche Serie von optischen Illusionen von dem aus New York kommenden Künstler Justen Ladda, der
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The article is in German but very clever anamorphic illusions go beyond language barriers.

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10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces

10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Small spaces can be a challenge to decorate.
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The Cyclotrope | Colossal

The Cyclotrope | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The Cyclotrope is an ingenious short animation by Tim Wheatley. By affixing a sequence of 18 objects to the wheel and rotating at just the right speed the illusion of animation is created. Excuse me while I dismantle my neighbor’s bicycle

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Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

An incredible range of optical illusions that you can print out.

This is a pdf document and the link above won't work. 

It includes: pictures, explanations, readings and reference. What more do you want.

So try here:  http://www.sapdesignguild.org/resources/optical_illusions/optical_illusions.pdf

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Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn

Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Michigan illustrator David Zinn (previously) has brightened the streets of Ann Arbor with his off-the-wall (or technically on-the-wall) chalk drawings since 1987. The artist works with chalk or charcoal to create site-specific artworks that usually incorporate surrounding features like cracks, s
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Always a big fan of chalk art in 3D.

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The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus

The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The man sprang onstage dressed as a miner, complete with headlamp and pickaxe. After swinging the axe a few times, he proclaimed to…
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Kokichi Sugihara has become a master of creating impossible 2D drawings into 3D images like Eicher's staircase above.

I like this quote from the article:


"The human brain routinely throws away many possible interpretations of the visual data it receives from the eyes. Given the brain’s limited resources and its need to interpret visual data quickly, it can’t afford to entertain every bizarre interpretation—it simply goes for the explanation that seems most likely, based on its past experiences and built-in visual processing machinery."


This could be one of the reasons why will settle on illusions (e.g. Jesus on toast) so quickly.  Of course, magicians use this phenomenon all the time.

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Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits

Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Balls of aluminum foil transform into Darth Vader and irregular chunks of chocolate cookies covered in rainbow sprinkles become the Star Wars logo when a ...
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Nice shadow work to create Star Wars figures.

Includes a video.

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Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo

Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Indonesian Artist Ivan Hoo is a master at creating optical illusions. No, those aren't real starbucks cups, they are the result of pastels, pencils and outstanding talent. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivan-Hoo-Art/441601749220801
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When I first saw the Starbucks cups on the wooden piece, I thought, "Ho hum" until I realised that they were drawings!

I should have said, "Whoo, Hoo!".

Incredible talent.

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Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art.

Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These pictures are not Photoshopped! Teenage Japanese artist creates optical illusion with body art.
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This has been around before but it is worth having another look at the artistry of Choo San.

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The @FacesPics Twitter Account Posts Fun Anthropomorphic Photos Containing Hidden Faces | Colossal

The @FacesPics Twitter Account Posts Fun Anthropomorphic Photos Containing Hidden Faces | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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They're watching...

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Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery | Colossal

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New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson | Colossal

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Look at this picture closely. What an incredible amount of work!

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Metamorphosis- Art That Transforms Before Your Eyes

Metamorphosis- Art That Transforms Before Your Eyes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We've all seen the famous Young Girl-Old Woman illusion, but Swiss artist Markus Raetz has taken perceptive illusions into the third dimension.
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Regina Silveira’s Magnificent Illusions

Regina Silveira’s Magnificent Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Renowned Brazilian artist Regina Silveira creates incredible illusions that play with our senses and messes with our minds.
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