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Perception without object

‘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…

Proximity day 2 experiment 4

15 August 2019 Mirror gaze experiment 4 / Transcript of handwritten notes: 00.02.20  “Flickers of light behind” 00.03.30  “Blue light moves further away” 00.03.40  “Light moves further away and fades” 00.04.50  “Comes closer” 0005.40  “Reflection is faint” 00.06.10  “Blurred around the edges” 00.06.400 “The left side is slightly brighter” 00.07.30  “Blue light in line with nose”…

Proximity day 1 experiment 1

This participant did not see any hallucinatory visuals. It was noted the participant blinked a lot – almost with the regularity of a pulse. This could have an adverse effect on the illusory process.

Autoscope testing at studio

I tried using the autoscope inside our studio’s project space, climbing stairs and going through doorways. Extremely interesting effects and sensations occurred due to embodying the space at the point of the camera. Walking through doorways was particularly strange…

Autoscope prototype

Autoscope builds on laboratory-based simulations of out of body experiences; the portable device allows the participant to freely navigate the world, experiencing themselves in 3rd person, as part of the landscape via a live video feed to a head-mounted display. The visual mechanisms are important in this illusion, but tactile and sonic stimuli further strengthen…

Alien Hand Experiment

I set up a version of the Alien Hand experiment at the Manchester Art Gallery Workshops. Each day I watched as people used this, I took note of what they did and how they interacted with it. A participant places their hands under a screen. The other participant places their hands on the table under a…

Mirror Gaze Box

A rapidly prototyped blackout box for the mirror gaze box, this is to create a dark space for the Mirror Gaze Experiment. Inside is an Infa Red LED spotlight and modified web camera. The camera films the participant in real time from behind a two-way mirror, as they experience the illusory effect of sensory deprivation.

Experience in progress

When I was visiting a French laboratory (CNRS) back in 2007 to do some research on electrogenic fish, I noticed a sign on a laboratory door saying “Expérience en cours” (the actual meaning being ‘experiment in progress’) but this formed a thought in my head: whose experience? That of the entity being experimented upon (…

Meta-Perceptual Rail

[Work in progress] A meta-perceptual/ metaphysical rail is a simple piece of hardware that provides a linear track along which to mount mirrors apertures and other props and stimuli. They are used for simple meta-perceptual experiments. Testing the limits of visual and meta perceptual experience as well as exploring more metaphysical and somaesthetic questions of our experiences and…

Autoscope backpack

My alloy backpack arrived and has proved perfect for the job of supporting a laptop and a 2m long boom. As an object, It certainly has a vintage feel and a clear aesthetic reference to Roman Signer. this seems entirely appropriate, something about the strangeness of the endeavour as well as the metaphorical notions of…

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