Bhakti Duran / USA
Texas A&M University
Seeking to psychologically be surrounded by a completely other reality than the one the audience knows, Upside Down is an aim at challenging the audiences subconscious traits that builds their perception of the space around them. They are embodied by sensorimotor inputs that mirror a physically real environment.
How can people enabled visually since birth overpower their natural perception of space using a trait essential to immersion that has been overshadowed for so long? The spatial sound environment is meant to trigger our subconsciously alienated trait and bring it to the forefront. The project represents a dynamic participatory installation that essentially rewires the brain to focus on their perception of space through not only reproducing the illusion of realism within this virtual environment using binaural spatial audio, but also the motor capability of influencing the virtual world through manipulation of the sphere in the audience’s current reality.