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‘The perception of spatial relationships in respect to the orientation of one’s body despite distracting information’ re/performance for ‘Seven Practical Experiments’

INSTRUCTION: PARTICIPANT A

1. Place hemispheres over eyes and secure with tape. Put the headphones on. Ensure the volume is loud enough to block out ambient noise.

2. Your guide will hold your upper arm and guide you around a space for approximately 5-10min.

3. During this time record a mental map of the journey.

4. At a point of your choice, indicate verbally that you would like to take a photograph. Point to the general area you want to be photographed. Your guide will take the photograph.

5. Post experiment:
Make a map of this journey showing the route and direction. Make notes about the sensory experience, the quality of light, colour intensity or other sensations, heat or airflow for example. Indicate where you think the photograph was taken.

6. Presentation
Place the photograph and maps side by side for comparison.

INSTRUCTION: PARTICIPANT B
1.
Ask the participant to place hemispheres over their eyes. Help secure these with tape. Ask them to wear headphones playing white noise.

2. Holding the participant gently by the back of the upper arm, guide them around a space for 5-10 minutes. Ensure you rotate the participant several times to disorientate.

Think about the experience of the space in terms of light and temperature, speed and distance. You do not have to walk a long way, consider pausing, walking backwards, Slowly, repeating loops, spinning the participant in circles at different points to disorientate.

4. Record a mental map of the journey.

5. When the participant asks to take a photograph, let go of their arm and take the photograph as instructed.

6. Return to the original location

5. Post experiment: Make a map of this journey showing the route and direction. ­­­­Make notes about the sensory experience, the quality of light, colour intensity or other sensations, heat or airflow for example. Indicate where the photographs were taken.

6. Presentation: Place the photographs and maps side by side for comparison.

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