Check out our video from the visit at RIKEN:
– reflections on my visit to Riken Brain Science Research Institute.
I expected that the experience of having my senses hijacked and experiencing virtual reality would create a sense of unease and fear in me. But the experience I had at Riken Brain Science Institute made me feel quite the opposite. I felt exited and inspired, a sensation that reminded me about one of my first theatre experiences as a child. I was fascinated and completely into a fictional world, but at the same reminded of how this world was created. In the play between my until now known world and the world that was opened by the hijacking of my senses, possibilities of multiple realities arose. And with that the recognition of how reality is a belief and a perspective.
For someone who has not experienced the about 10 min. performance of Ph. D Naotaka Fujii and his staff at the Riken Brain Science Institute it can be hard to understand what the experience could be like. I will not reveal all the secrets, in case you might be lucky to try this yourself. But, basically they use a technique where you see the world through video glasses and earphones. What is shown and heard is a mix between the real surroundings and pre-recorded material. The illusion dimension is highlighted by that the “actors” were wearing the same cloths/costumes in both realities. The scenario that unfolded was a scenario where they revealed the secrets of the technology. At the same time, I was unable to tell if this was a recorded reality or happening in real time. A “lie” or “truth” . This play between recorded reality and real time was experienced through the same mediums; the glasses and the earphones. This made touch, smell and taste the only senses I could use to separate the “real” realities from each other.
This inability to “understand” dragged me into, or you may even say left me in the hands of, the performance of Ph. D. Fujii and his staff. The here and now performance of the team made me want to go into a possible other reality. It was a strong reminder on how performance it self could be used as a tool to drag you into other worlds and possibilities.
We have been digging into the world of Arakawa and Gins. This is an glossary (in progress) of some of the basic vocabulary of them:
Landing sites –
Were nothing being apportioned out, no world could form. What is being apportioned out, no one is able to say. That which is being apportioned out is in the process of landing.
— Arakawa and Madeline Gins
You may say it is where you “land” – what draws your interest and shapes your understanding in a space. The cluster that makes it “meaningful”, “interesting”, “graspable”, etc. It is more than a perspective. They make you present and able to grasp the world.
You look at a forest and you see a forest. Then a tree choses you, or you chose the tree. And you are drawn towards this.
Perceptual landing sites
Imaging landing sites
An imaging landing site it that what gives you an idea about that site.
An inuition. What beeing in/with the site evokes.
Dimensionalising landing sites
Dimentionaling landig sites = mapping.
A dimensionalizing landing site combines the qualities of the perceptual landing site and imaging landing site, and in so doing, simultaneously ranges narrowly/tightly and widely/diffusely.
Something that engineers depth and dimension.
Architectural body –
A body that manages to produce
– the body proper.
Organising of space and time. Coordinating logic.
Monday the 21st of October I arrived at the Mitaka Reversible Destiny Lofts. With three hours alone in this structure I wandered around in the space. Not really sure where to be or what to do. Should I sit down? Should I explore the space? Should I rest? Should I work? After wandering around for some time I was drawn into the yellow cocoon shaped room. I attached a hammock in the ceiling and took up my camera. I laid the camera on my stomach, imaging the camera to be the eyes of my stomach investigating this round room. After some time I fell to sleep…
Se video here: https://vimeo.com/77478750