The World of Visual Snow
Join Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda for an Augmented Reality aided conversation on the rare neurological syndrome, Visual Snow, which causes people to experience reality overlaid with tv static, halos, auras as well as non-visual symptoms including tinnitus.
Are our Brains Broken? Cognitive Bias and the Neurodiverse Spectrum
A lecture and interactive demonstration by Dr Edward Bracey, demonstrating that the senses we trust unthinkingly every day can be tricked and manipulated. In using the senses to create a model of the environment, the brain has to make shortcuts and simplifications leading to cognitive biases. Experience how our brains simplify reality, putting us all on a spectrum of neurodiversity.
In 2014, Nwando Ebizie became aware that she experienced a different reality
to that of everybody around her. She realised that she was the only one who
constantly saw the space around her full of swirling coloured, translucent dots (like a George Seurat painting), glowing lines, auras, light bursts and halos. She
realised that she had Visual Snow - a seemingly rare neurological disorder that the science community is just beginning to understand. http://visualsnowsyndrome.com.
Distorted Constellations is part of a 3 year research period for Ebizie in collaboration with neuroscientists, immersive technologists and artists. The exhibition is a multi-sensory maze-like experience, the installation incorporates 360 degree immersive sound, projection and holograms creating a visceral new world where reality warps and bends and the cross-modal nature of perception is revealed.
The internal and external landscapes of the performer are enveloped into each other and projected out into the space. We are immersed in Nwando Ebizies perceptual environment; interpreting her performative body and the landscape through each other. Caught in an intersubjective encounter, we map this environment onto both the lived experience of the performer and our own perception. Producing a constellation of perceptions that renders all sensual experience as distorted, subjective, fallible and, simultaneously, full of potential.
To find out more about Visual Snow, go to:
Or contact Nwando: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual Snow is a little known, often debilitating condition suffered by people the world over. The artist is supporting https://www.crowdrise.com/visual-snowinitiative raising money to fund research into finding a cure. Please consider giving!
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