sound surprising, but new perspectives can be gained through closed eyes. In my master’s thesis at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, I investigated the potential for eye closure to enrich the experience of visual media.
I developed various applications to test my hypothesis, such as the issuing 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 the current sentence aloud). Next, I conducted experiments that allowed for an experiential investigation of the topic. This included a movie that intermediately asked the audience to close its eyes, maintaining mental imagery through sound alone even after the visual input was omitted.