|Author(s)||Sylvaine Tuncer, Pentti Haddington|
|Title||Looking at and seeing objects: Instructed vision and collaboration in the laboratory|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Laboratory studies, Visual Perception, Objects in interaction, scientific practice|
|Journal||Gesprächsforschung: Online-Zeitschrift zur verbalen Interaktion|
This article studies a type of object-centered sequences common in biochemistry labs: scientists jointly orienting to a problematic object of work, manipulating it, inspecting it, talking about it, to see the same features of it, agreeing on their problematic character, and aiming to progress the scientific task with this object. Focusing on the early phases of these object-centered sequences, we identify and describe instructed vision, a process through which scientists build a common perception of an object, where manipulations and talk about the object are inseparable. From the moment a common perception is established, biochemists can look for new knowledge in and of the object. The article discusses the conventional dichotomy between mere seeing and scientific interpretation of the visible features of objects of knowledge.