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Proximity day 2 experiment 3

15 August 2019Mirror gaze experiment 3 This participant made no written notes, as they did not have any hallucinatory visions. However, the participant mentions a small light in the mirror and how this cycled through all colours of the rainbow. However – although this light [an LED on the camera] did indeed exist, the LED did…

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 2

14 August 2019 Mirror gaze experiment 1 /Transcript of handwritten notes: 00.04.30 “I see my outline when I couldn’t before” 00.04.40 “felt like sitting opposite a person not a reflection” 00.06.20 “parts of the face coming clearer” 00.06.30 “flash of hands reaching up” 00.07.30 “features swirling” 00.07.45 “mouth open” 00.07.50 “foggy confused face “ 00.08.45 “feeling…

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.

Mirror gaze experiment

The mirror gaze experiment requires the participant to sit in a near dark room and to stare at their own reflection for a set amount of time while listing to white noise. After only a short amount of time most people experience powerful illusions of facial distortion, grossly exaggerated features, faces of animals, the face…

Ganzfeld and Mirror Gaze

1-1 experiment sessions in the studio I invited participants to come to my studio to take part in phase 2 of my research. This opens up to using the Ganzfeld and the Strange Face in the Mirror Illusion. Both use white noise connected to a system of biofeedback, using Galvanic skin response signals to subtly…

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.

IR Camera hack

For the Mirror Gaze experiment, I need a camera that works in darkness and can pick up Infrared light. Most webcams have an IR filter. Many such as this Logitech HD webcam have instruction online. Turns out mine was a slightly different model to this and meant that the entire thing needed dismantling and the…

Eye tracking experiment planning

Inspired by last weeks conference and some examples of how artists are working with Eye Tracking, I went back to BEAM Lab the following week to start the process of learning how to set up my own experiment using Eye-tracking. My plan is to incorporate this with the strange face in the mirror experiment. My main problem…

Strange face illusion with two-way Mirror feedback

  “… a quiet room dimly lit by a 25 W incandescent light. The lamp was placed on the floor behind the observer so that it was not visible either directly or in the mirror. A relatively large mirror (0.5 m60.5 m) was placed about 0.4 m in front of the observer. The luminance of…

Illusions of Invisible, alien hands, 3 arms, and shrinking bodies…

I have previously posted about the original ‘rubber hand illusion‘ in which participants are convinced a fake rubber hand is their own. A classic low tech experiment that can help us “understand how sight, touch and “proprioception” the sense of body position, combine to create a convincing feeling of body ownership, one of the foundations of self-consciousness  (Nature…

Face as Interface

Trying to create a simple motion tracking patch using PD_extended and Gem, I came across this project by Elektro Moon Vision http://elektromoon.co.nr/ the mini App provides OSC data from movements such as eyebrows, nose, mouth, orientation scale etc. This is massively useful for an experiment I have in mind related to the “strange face in the…

Drawing a strange face in the dark

Shortly after my experience of the “Strange face in the mirror experiment”  I made these drawings in low light conditions as a way of recording the perceivable elements of my face and shape of the head. The particles of carbon and graphite reflect well the visual noise, like static, one experiences in the experiment. These drawings don’t illustrate…

My experience of the ‘strange face illusion’

I had read about this experiment by which staring at one’s own reflection in a mirror in a darkened room for some time, can induce vivid hallucinations. For purposes of research, I had to try it. I found my bathroom could meet the following requirements… “… a quiet room dimly lit by a 25 W incandescent…

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