‘Hold your left hand in front of the hand on the screen. My hand is now your hand. Follow it. Do as I do, and step inside my world…’
Transports is an interactive installation that invites individual audience members to step inside the first-person perspective of someone living with a neurological condition. Using point-of-view video, wearable technology, immersive binaural sound and tactile objects housed inside a custom-made acrylic specimen case, you’re invited to experience the world through the lens of a person whose embodied state has profoundly altered their perception of the world and their relationship with others.
The first case in the series simulates a first-person experience inside a fictionalised subject living with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease. Our R&D process was undertaken in consultation with behavioural neuropsychologist Professor Narender Ramnani at Royal Holloway University and the charity Parkinson’s UK. This installation is comprised of a credit card sized computer (a Raspberry Pi), which controls and distributes video content to a hand-held monitor, wearable technology (a spinning counter-weight mounted onto a glove to induce a 6Hz tremor in a participant’s right hand), binaural sound distributed via headphones (relaying participant instructions) and object with which the participant interacts.
These components are used in combination to create the illusion that the audience’s hand is that of a man called Andrew. A best-man due to give a speech at a wedding reception. As Andrew’s hand develops a tremor whilst holding a spoon at a wedding reception, the kinaesthetic sensation simultaneously passes into the participant’s own hand whilst they hold a real spoon behind the virtual one onscreen.
Through simple and inexpensive body transfer illusions such as this, Transports temporarily and safely reconstructs for an audience the sensation of how interactions with the local environment and one’s inner thought processes are profoundly altered by the onset of motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Read the The New Scientist article (Nov. 2014) about the project here.
Cast & creative team
Supported by Wellcome Trust and Parkinson's UK.
Written by Hannah Barker and Liam Jarvis
Directed by Liam Jarvis
Video Design by Alex Markham
Sound Design by Tom Wilson
Case Design & Construction by Max Humphries
Coding / Raspberry Pi development by Julian Harley
Production Photography by Richard Davenport
Production Management by Helen Mugridge
Produced by Ric Watts
Prof. Narender Ramnani (Primary research partner)
Department of Psychology Brain and Behaviour,
Royal Holloway University of London.
Prof. John Aggleton (Consulting research partner)
School of Psychology, University of Cardiff.
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DatesForest Fringe (Edinburgh Festival), 6-11 August 2014.
The Science Museum (Dana Centre), 4 November 2014.
Further dates to be announced for 2015