Anna Hyrkkänen: Expanded reality

Expanded reality focuses on the balance of body awareness.

Expanded reality is an installation work which focuses on the delicate balance of body awareness. Body awareness refers to our experience of being conscious of our body and all its parts. Body awareness is created in the brain by combining information produced by the organs controlling our sense of sight, touch, and balance. The brain compiles the information into models that produce our experience of our body. If an error occurs while compiling this information, we may experience unusual sensations. The most extreme of these is the out-of-body experience. The strange sensations include feeling like parts of your body are stretching or shrinking, like your leg does not belong to you or like you have a third arm sticking out of your chest. According to current knowledge, the sensations occurring in an out-of-body experience are based on the connection between our mental images and the available sensory information. Due to the vast processing capacity of the brain, the new vision seems completely believable and the sensation of levitating feels very authentic. The neural matrix we live in is stretched and shaped according to the situation. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Colored lights (gobo-lights), video projections, sculpture elements.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
4 m X 4 m

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Two video projectors, gobo-lights (about 7).

Minimum height of the space:
2 meters

Minimum square meters of the space:
15 m2

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Dark but some nature light possible.

Building time and people required (estimate):
2-3 days.

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
Laajentunut todellisuus, Kunshalle Turku, 2021


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