Those Who Want to See Must Close Their Eyes

It may sound surprising, but much can be found in a second look through closed eyes.

In my master thesis at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, I investigated the potential of eye closure for visual media. I hypothesized that visual media could be enriched through closing the eyes.

I developed various applications, including the issue of commands by closing one or both eyes (e.g. activating the sniper scope in a first-person shooter game, or causing a text processor to read out the current sentence aloud), alongside a number of experiments that allow for an experiential investigation of the topic, including a movie that intermediately asked the audience to close its eyes, keeping the sound playing, and so maintaining the inspiration for the mental imagery, while omitting the video's visuals.

Hello, my name is Fabian Hemmert. I am a design researcher. My research is concerned with our body's role in our interactions with technology. I am a professor for interface and user experience design at the University of Wuppertal. Previously, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Design Research Lab at the Berlin University of the Arts, in collaboration with Telekom Innovation Labs. Before that, I worked for Nintendo and Marvel Comics. Currently, I investigate embodied interaction with the digital world. Anybuddy The Console Game DataWars Design Research Design Research Diarings Diarings Diarings Escape Team Escape Team Exabyte Fabian Hemmert GenoGraph Hemmert Inkbot Interface Lab Konsolenquartett LiveStories Meine Freunde Meine Freunde Meine Freunde PlayQuest PlayQuest PowerSlides Simple Present Simple Present