The fly’s compound eye is a multi-part machine for the production of virtual vectors in the surrounding space. These manifest as a field of dormant points from which one activated point will create a coordinate for movement. This inverts the convention of the eye being a mere receptor of reflected light. Space becomes complicit in an act of perception producing an optics where the continuum collapses into its own rupture to produce a line of flight. The fly processes visual information in a way that enables it to see the world in slow motion. This combined with the assemblage of crystalline structures that form the optical components of the fly’s eye clustered in a dome configuration to produce a near 360⁰ scope enable a fly to detect and react to threat extremely fast.
A point in the field is actuated through purposeful perception. The compound eye creates a multitude of perspectives due to the array of optics angled to one another which map onto the surrounding space. This produces the points any of which is capable of forming the terminal node of a vector for the fly’s passage through air. Through the angle between optics a fly perceives hostile motion and instantly triangulates a safe point. The fly’s ultra-manoeuvrability is achieved through rolling its body in high speed flight to produce an immediate change of direction. The fly is an interface through which the pressures of air and vision operate as a supra-spatial geometry of intuitive plots collapsed into motion. The fly’s vulnerability is its own periodic lapses into lethargy.
Interstitial divination produced by joining a constellation of dots, optical points and fly specks.