Alfons Schilling, born 1934 in Basel (CH), is a border crosser between art and science: He was action painter, drawer and the inventor of the so called Sehmaschinen, with which he aimed to change the way of seeing itself. His artistic research centred on the binocular vision and possible forms of presentation of space and movement inside a picture. From 1956 to 1959 he studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (A). During the following 20 years he travelled around the world with long stays in New York, where he was exhibited several times and worked as a teacher at universities and art academies. After winning the John Simon Guggenheim-Fellowship in 1985, he returned to Vienna in 1986 and worked as a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts from 1986 to 1990. In 2012 he got the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. Alfons Schilling died in Vienna in 2013.