COLLECTION

Ruptures of Reality

Since I’m a kid, I’ve been very curious about everything related to the unknown. I have always been interested in those moments of encounter when we experience something that goes beyond our understanding of reality. This interest has always been my main creative drive.

 

During the Master I centred my research in the investigation of “Ruptures of Reality”. In this research, I’ve been studying and experimenting with subjects related to the concept of presence and absence, expectations, illusion and the experience of the unknown.

 

My collection is a collection of experiments. More specifically it is a collection of experiences. These experiences work as encounters where spectators confront different shifts of reality. In these encounters I try to create frames where spectators can live an immersive experience and where the perception of reality seems to expand.

The Mind Map

My collection is organised though a mind-map and it works as a root: it can go in every direction.  This mind map includes concepts, topics, subjects and insights I find interesting and inspiring in relation to my research. It also includes my own work and work I find inspiring from other artist in relation to my research. The mind-map and experimentation are in constant dialogue. The concepts and subjects from the map led to new experimentation but also the experiments lead no new concepts and insights that will appear on the map. Using the mind-map not only helps me to organise and structure my mind but also helps both to establish a process and to picture the progress.

* Presence & Absence: I am interested in the different forms of presence and how we experience and perceive absence. We are not usually aware of the feeling of presence until we experience absence. In this way, absence can open a dialogue about how we experience different forms of presence. How do we experience the presence and absence of humans and objects?
* Perception: Our perception of the world is a construction. What we see and experience is not what it seems. Our brain precesses the external information and modifies it in order to make it understandable.  What we know, what we have experienced in the past and our expectations influence the way we perceive. I'm interested in researching different ways our perception can be tricked. I'm also interested in using perception as a tool to create experiences were the spectator can experience and expanded reality. Can perception be used as a tool to alter the way we experience reality?
* The Unknown:   We are afraid of what we don't know and understand. But when we confront the unknown we start to become aware of our ignorance and lack of understanding about the world around us. This opens our mind and provides a position favourable for new insights and learnings. Can the unknown be used as a tool to provoke moments for reflection?
*Expectations: We all have implicit expectations about everything . Our brain assumes all kind of different information about every person, animal, object, place or situation we encounter. This mechanism allows our body to save energy. Instead of doing a complete analysis of our environment our brain fills gaps with information we already know. We think we have a clear understanding of reality until the unexpected happens. When an expectation is broken we start to question the reality behind the event we just experienced. This puts is into a more active position in relation to our environmentCan expectations be used to expand spectators' awareness
*Interesting Concepts: Words, ideas, concepts that I find interesting or relevant to my research. I write some definitions both in English and Spanish as I'm interested in the different ways a same concept is described. Every word and definition can trigger a new word or led to a new concept.
#Red Lines = Experiments 
 
#Orange Lines = Artists

Research Based on Experiments

Spectators are guided into a dark room. Some ritualistic music starts sounding. as their eyes become used to the darkness they become aware of the presence of an object in the middle of the space. Together with the music, a series of lights will appear in the space first revealing the self-image of the spectator and then distorting their figure. The spectators are meant to confront their own reflection during this almost ritualistic experience.

 

Click here to see the backstage of this experiment.

– Rupture of Perception (Self-Image)

Paper Airplanes

Paper airplanes where placed flying around the space. They looked like if they were frozen in time after someone throw them. Most of the spectators had to stood in front of them trying to figure out how that was possible.

– Rupture of Perception (Illusion)

EMF Readings

Experimenting with mixed reality and immersive theatre. Inviting the audience to participate in the search for the paranormal. They were provided with EMF Readers. The readings from the spectators lead to a contact with someone in another dimension. The audience will have to find out he way to help this person in "the other" side.

– Rupture of Presence (Apparition)

Creating a shift in the perception of the space. Feeling that you are somehow looking through a screen, which makes the space that you already know feel different.

– Rupture of Perception (Space)

Observations

Using an audio walk to guide spectators through the Pastoe Fabriek. The voice in the audio seems to know everyone in the space, making spectators wonder about the reality around them and about the nature of the voice is speaking with them.

– Rupture of Expectations (People)

Memories of Pastoe

After finding out about the past as a fabric of the Pastoe Fabriek. We decided to search for forgotten elements of the building that remained from that past and give them back to live trough a series of audio, light and visual installations.

– Rupture of Perception (Building)

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