Where we humans spend most of our time becomes representative of our subconscious. Our everyday movements and mannerisms are recorded in our environments. Your self becomes the space. Your rooms become your existing knowledge base. Writing on or creating in those environments can allow you to alter your self. In the multimedia installation One Man Trance, I use my everyday environments and actions to create, replay, and edit ideas – a new form of self-hypnosis for keeping my subconscious constantly engaged in a loop with my conscious output.
The installation is structured around the four rooms where I spend most of my time: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and exercise room. The actions I carry out most often in each of these rooms respectively – watch TV, stand in front of the mirror, stare into the pantry, use the exercise bike – are all turned into actions that are used to trigger visuals of my handwritten notes, typed text as well as audio recordings of hypnotic scripts (and vice versa). I am combining habitual actions in these familiar spaces with the ability to self-review and self-renew. I am opening my everyday to self-programming opportunities, performing habitual behaviors to a self-score that reclaims daydreams for self-hypnotic possibilities
The user stands in front of the smart mirror and uses hand sanitizer. As the user rubs in the hand sanitizer, they tap with their knees against the triggers mounted on the vanity cabinet. This movement activates the visual replay of handwritten whiteboard notes in the smart mirror. The act of using hand sanitizer while standing in front of a sink acts as a placebo or suggestion, enhancing our mental expectations of using the hand sanitizer, making us feel and think we are cleaner.
Interactive installation with computers, smart mirror, bathroom vanity, drum brains, drum pedals, telegraph keys, electric toothbrush, motion activated soap dispenser, software, and electronics
In the bed self-hypnosis station, a user can lie down, clip their nails, or play guitar and tap out the beat with their feet while activating the screens in the one-man band self-hypnosis station. When the viewer gets tired of lying in that direction, they can turn in the opposite direction and face the small smart mirror that displays a reflection of the screens, as well as the visual replay of handwritten white-board notes. The notes in the smart mirror can be activated by pinching the nail clippers together.
Interactive installation with bed, wood mount, computer, drum brain, telegraph keys, nail clippers, pinch sensor, guitar, smart mirror TV, software, and electronics
The kitchen pantry self-hypnosis station is designed for psychologically priming the user as they choose something to eat in the pantry. The user stares into the pantry while tapping their fingers on the telegraph keys attached to the upper cabinet doors of the pantry.The tapping triggers single word slides on the screens mounted to both upper doors of the pantry. If the user is staring into the pantry, then they will not consciously register the words on the screen, resulting in priming the user’s unconscious to make a healthy choice from the pantry.
Interactive installation with computers, drum brains, telegraph keys, TVs, kitchen pantry, food containers, software, and electronics
Writing on the 8x5 horizontal whiteboard is captured and digitally stored, chunk by chunk, for replay through a projector on the freshly erased whiteboard surface in the One Man Band Self-Hypnosis Station. The horizontal (brainstorm) whiteboard is then edited down to summarize the best ideas and transcribe them to the smaller, vertical whiteboard, also digitally captured chunk by chunk, fitting the aspect ratio for seamless replay in the smart mirrors in the Bathroom Vanity and Bed Self-Hypnosis Stations.
Interactive installation with 2 adhesive backed whiteboards, 2 ebeam smart sensors, 2 ebeam smart markers
The one-man band self-hypnosis station is designed for active-alert self-hypnosis using the stereotypic man-cave, home-theater, multi-screen setup. Participants can sit on the drum throne and push down on the drum pedals to cause single words to play on the different screens. Pushing down on the pedals also activates the projection of handwritten white-board notes on the erased whiteboard surface. The center TV displays an onscreen keyboard and text entry program controlled by the drum pedals, while the other TVs display hypnotic text, dreams, or notes to review in rapid serial visual presentation style.
Interactive installation with computers, drum brains, drum pedals, TVs, furniture, whiteboards, projector, software, electronics
The exercise pedaler self-hypnosis station is designed for active-alert self-hypnosis using the hypnotic rhythm of pedaling. A user can sit in a chair and pedal the pedaler to activate the screens in the one-man band self-hypnosis station. Each time a pedal arm passes the copper tape flaps a signal is sent to advance the rapid serial visual presentation displayed text on the screens.
Interactive installation with exercise pedaler, wire, copper tape, computer, drum brain, TVs, chair, and software