This International group interdisciplinary group adopt mechanisms employed in the cognitive sciences, such as the work of Mel Slater, and the arts. Their project ‘The Machine to Be Another’ allows anyone to experience a perspective from the body of an-other.
The group speak of ‘expanding subjective experience’ and ‘understanding the relationship between identity and empathy from an embodied perspective’ (http://beanotherlab.org/) Using HMDs and live video, they have developed a number of critical applications. Investigating a wide range of issues including gender and disability. The group study the impact this work can have on people’s lives, employing methods of action research and co-creation.
Be Another Lab embraces an open source approach. Sharing and developing their project through workshops, making the tools and processes accessible to others , while at the same time enriching their own research. These technologies and approaches are of both of principal interest to this research project, providing a model of reference for Action Lab.