Posted: November 16, 2003
In order to understand the fundamental ideas behind the fifth dimension, I offer this basic visual formula.
Layered into one another these images produce a hybrid interwoven graphic.
I believe the human perception to be beyond the confinement of the fourth dimension. As understood through scientific pursuit, the first dimension is a line, the second dimension is a plane, and the third dimension is real space (and all of these are mathematical theories to be clear). We therefore theoretically exist in a three dimensional universe. Sometime after these concepts were developed, more science argued the fourth dimension to be time, in that it seemed the logical extension of the materialistic third dimension. I make the argument here that, in fact, dimensions as experienced by human cognition are tangible notions constructed by psychological foundations of a perceived solid and physical universe. While it is true that science can quantify time as having a direct relationship to the physical universe, there is no explanation (though attempts have been made) as to our experience of time.
Essentially what I tried to uncover in this work is the human ability to bridge the gap between moments in time by stitching together the moving images of our world into conceptual images in our mind. The work spins round and round, showing only pieces of a visual puzzle. When this puzzle is spun at a high enough speed, the mind meshes these fragments into one cohesive picture. While this event is dependent on the traditionally described fourth dimensions, I don’t believe the fourth dimension to exist without human perception of it (that is, the fifth dimension). We have the power to recall our earliest childhood memory in pure defiance of what would seem logical based on the restrictions of ‘mathematical time’. In fact, all principles of physical dimensions are deconstructed and replaced with memory. We time travel in our minds eye.