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Our Sherlockian eyes: the surveillance of vision

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posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by Sean RedmondSean Redmond, J Sita, Kim Vincs
or this inter-disciplinary article, we undertook a pilot case study that eye-tracked the ‘Holmes Saves Mrs. Hudson’ sequence from the episode, A Scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock, BBC, 2012). This small-scale empirical study involved a total of 13 participants (3 males and 10 females, mean age was: 27 years), comprised of a mixture of academics and undergraduate students at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. The article examines its findings through a range of threaded frames – neuroscience, forensics, surveillance, haptics, memory, performance-movement, and relationality – and uniquely draws upon the interests of the authors to set the examination in context. The article is both a reading of Sherlock and a dialogue between its authors. We discover that the codes and conventions of Sherlock have a direct impact on where viewers look but we also discover eyes emerging in the periphery of the frame, and we account for these ways of seeing in different ways.

History

Journal

Refractory: a journal of entertainment media

Volume

25

Issue

1

Pagination

1 - 14

Publisher

University of Melbourne

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1447-4905

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, University of Melbourne