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I've known about the silhouette illusion for an extremely long time but had no idea that it was really just a matter of perception. I've always believed that it was about whether people are left- or right-brained and the brain will just make an assumption and run with it (definitely doesn't explain why the rotation switches though). Instead, with this project, I've found that given too little information, the brain just does a random picking algorithm...but always. So you see something sometimes and another thing other times. It's pretty neat. I also didn't know that this was in the same family of illusions as the face vase and the Necker cube. I thought that the examples I found would all have to do with silhouettes. I was incorrect.

Now that I know about bistable perception, I can create purposefully ambiguous but recognizable artwork and know that the human brain will automatically fill in the gaps to create an image that can be successfully categorized. 

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