Here is the finished model-minus the doors-for The Way Out, my sensory-deprivation-inspired project. A recap: two tanks that a viewer/participant crawls into via front hatches. The shape of the tanks causes the participant into a supine position. Each tank will contain a contrasting sound/light environment. There is a tunnel connecting the two, acting as a “crossfade.” The intention of the tanks is to activate the reptilian brain, to revive a relationship to senses that humans have lost, to realign faulty instincts. A tall order and I could completely fall on my face. There is a universality in the senses that I am interested in.
And now, some process photos.
The cart of raw materials-lumber and MDF (medium-density fiberboard).
This project has been doomed. We’ve had broken equipment, parts not arrive that have held up the process, bent panels, illness, cancelled flights, days the lab has closed due to weather. Someone told us we need to have a plan B and plan C. Greg responded, “We are on plan R).”
My biggest challenge is the lighting and sound from here on out. Tamara, our thesis writing advisor, reminded me that there is value in paring down, to curate absence instead of presence, to lose the kaleidescopic overload lighting. I need feedback from my colleagues on this.
Here’s what I’m after: