Time Body Study: A performative Experiment

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What would it feel like to be in another person's body?How would affect our notion of others?What can it tell us about ourselves?Time-Body Study is a performative experiment exploring the impact re-embodiment in virtual reality has on the boundaries of body, identity and self. In the experiment participants, wearing a virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD), are re-embodied in the body of a 7, 40 and 80 year old person. Inspired by the classic Rubber Hand Illusion (Botvinick & Cohen 1998) and the work of Prof. Mel Slater (Barcelona University), The Time-Body Study creates the re-embodiment illusion by having a participant see his virtual hands being touched in the virtual space while, simultaneously and in perfect sync, his real hands are being touched, by a live performer. Both Botvinick and Slater’s experiments used this mechanism to demonstrate how easy it is to manipulate our body representation so that a subject can experience a rubber or virtual hand as his own. In Time-Body Study Daniel Landau adds narrative layers to the re-embodiment experience in an attempt to explore this cognitive mechanism on an emotional level. The audience get to see both the participant’s view of the virtual body (projected onto a large screen) and the live performer’s interactions. This gives the audience a unique view of the experiment demonstrating how the human body is effectively an evolving medium subjected to it’s technological environment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHolon, Israel
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art
EventTime Body Study: Performative Experiment - Mediatheque , Holon, Israel
Duration: 25 Jun 201625 Jun 2016


  • Virtual Reality

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