The peacock’s magnificently colored feathers are deceptive. This well-known yet fascinating colour display actually appears only when light falls on the bird’s feathers in a precise way. Thus the aesthetic experience is indebted not exclusively to the colours of the bird´s feathers, rather much more to the play of light, reflection, and the processes of individual observation. Such scientific and physiological processes dealing with the nature of perception are examined by Olaf Nicolai, often radicalized in larger social and political contexts in his work.
“Seen in the light…” is a phrase used when the true nature of a phenomenon is revealed or appears different than initially assumed.
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