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The Art of Hybrid Images: Two for the View of One

In: Art & Perception
Author: Aude Oliva1
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  • 1 Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT 32-D432, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA
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Hybrid images are static pictures with two interpretations that change depending on the image’s viewing distance or size. The phenomenon of hybrid images arises from the multiscale processing of images in the human visual system. By taking into account perceptual grouping mechanisms, one can build compelling hybrid images with two different stable interpretations: one that appears when the image is viewed up-close, and the other that appears from afar. Hybrid images can be used to create compelling prints and photographs in which the observer experiences different percepts when interacting with the image.

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