Light & Color

Mirrorly a Window

This exhibit demonstrates hand-eye rivalry by letting the brain “see" a scene which is contradicted by what it feels through the muscles of the body. A plastic rod appears to run through the mirror with two rings hanging on it. Having placed the rings equidistant from the double-sided mirror, the visitor is instructed to look into one side while trying to grasp the ring with the hand on the other side of the mirror. The user has the strange feeling that the hand is not cooperating with the brain, since only the reflection of the hand which is not trying to grab the ring is seen.