Ganzfeld Variations [Translucent paper cylinder method] From a manual of ‘practical experiments’ I am creating based on my workshops. These are activities and experiments that can be easily performed at home. They are aimed at changing perceptions, heightening awareness of the senses, and ‘making strange’ of the everyday experiences. Since things seem to be returning to normal rapidly. Perhaps, despite the macabre undertone, you also found something interesting and somehow comforting, about the trafficless streets, the quietness and lack of other humans. In which case here is some free instructional art, a proposition, to make things strange/even stranger for yourself, and others who might see you doing this. Instructions for making: 1/ Cut section of greaseproof paper long enough to wrap around your head. 2/ Secure with tape to make
'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
From the field research trip to the Middlewood Trust, I developed a set of goggles with a small hole and slot apertures. Participants report different perceptions of time and space, and of sound and distances. I thought I had walked for a great distance, only to find I had only moved a few meters. One participant spoke of having 'microscope eyes' and how 'the closer you get to things, the less you can see of them' focussing and depth of field also become more apparent. Here is the extract from my experience: "Seeing through the small aperture also had the effect of making things seem like an old movie [grainy and soft-edged]. After wearing these for a while, I could hear others
The Ganzfeld [ 'total field' ] experiment is a form of perceptual deprivation, giving an experience of a uniform field of light [More information here] . has become a staple activity in my workshops. Rather than sitting still and listening to sounds I have been opening this up as a mobile activity, or 'navigation' as I have started to call it. It serves as an icebreaker, often requiring people to work in pairs to move through spaces, following ropes or sonic stimuli. The purpose is to heighten the participant's awareness through altering their perceptual experience of space. Participants become aware of new structures of light or start using the body in a different way in order to move, becoming more
I teamed up with artist Annie Carpenter to pull together a small group of artists and friends for a night of ‘fieldwork’. We organised an overnighter to do some experiments and have discussions together in the relaxed atmosphere of Middlewood Trust study centre; an off-grid permaculture farm. I had worked here before with [Annie and Sam Illingworth] doing some workshops with their students on a previous 'field research' style project. The concept captured my interest. We wanted to create a situation where we could work as well as have time and space to chat about ideas with others. I decided rather than drive my car, I would take a few days out and make a road trip out of it and cycle.