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Q+A with the Los Angeles artist, Brent Paul Pearson behind a heavy, handmade pair of kaleidoscopic glasses known as Future Eyes| by Su Wu <3
|LA mystic Brent Paul Pearson with his invention “Future Eyes” which allows you to see the future in multidimensions | Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper|
Before I met him, someone I know not very well told me that Brent Pearson is old, and not old like when you're a teenager and the rest of your life seems far away and ancient, but actually old. I'm still trying to figure what she meant by this because Brent Pearson is not old. More importantly, he seems to me to be pretty much the opposite of whatever an old soul would be, which is an inventor and science-fiction writer (with his own publishing imprint, Pale House), someone who has filled a life with wonder at what might happen if we danced words or saw things as insects do. The first time we met, we sat on a wooden bench in our neighborhood and talked only about ideas, about Aldous Huxley and blindness, about sound installations and mathematical truths, all of which led to the creation of Future Eyes, Pearson's line of glasses filled with laser-cut kaleidoscope lenses.
Q: I feel like inventors, more than most, really long for the world to be different. What does it mean to see things differently?
FUTURE EYES: When you explore a sense you can go beyond what is considered normal to your mind. Future Eyes asks you to increase your optical abilities, enhancing focus power and awareness. It also reminds you that the world responds to your imagination, which is the essence of change.
Q: I love your ideas about time travel, that we can sharpen our senses to experience things more quickly, and how that might be a form of time travel.
FUTURE EYES: We are traveling through space and time in every moment as is everything and everyone. I have certain ideas about time travel based on my experiences with Future Eyes because they sharpen awareness. The present can be considered the future to someone who lives in the past. I am more in the present and less in the past when I wear these glasses because I'm being teleported from the worlds of memories into the fullness of now.
Q: If enough people practiced seeing the world through kaleidoscope glasses, how might we evolve, and can your idea of "optical aerobics" accelerate our evolution?
FUTURE EYES: The word "kaleidoscope" is a very wonderful word. Kaleidoscope comes from the Ancient Greek words Kalos, Eidos, and Skopeo – Beauty, Shape, and to Look. In other words it means to see the beauty of life. Optical aerobics is an idea I am developing to allow for the advancement of human perception by conscious sensory exploration.
|Brent Paul Pearson | Photograph by Nouel Riel|
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