A one day workshop exploring body transfer & metamorphosis in VR
[ Space ] Hackney Wick, 31st July 2016
Throughout history, humans have imagined fantastical creatures such as kraken, dragons, satyrs and mermaids. Virtual reality allows us to teleport into the bodies of these creatures. Under the right conditions, the mind can be tricked into accepting the illusion that it actually ‘owns’ its new body. Jaron Lanier coined the wonderful phrase ‘humuncular flexibility’ to describe this mental shapeshifting that allows us to acclimatise to a new form.
This workshop explored two questions:
How do you strengthen the illusion of 'owning' an avatar's body ?