Imagine putting on a VR headset, and immersing yourself in a vibrant virtual environment, where the biophysics are connected to the rhythms of your own body.
Imagine that you can influence the growth of plants with your heartbeat, the strength of tides with the volume of your breath. Imagine that the variations in your brainwaves are the key factor in the generation of new entities or species.
By assigning new usages to biofeedback systems developed for anxiety and stress therapy, Becoming Soma encourages the audience to probe new relationships with its environment. In return, we hope that those experiments will contribute to changing the perceptual and technical relationships between imaging technologies and the biophysical world.
BECOMING SOMA explores the potential of biofeedback and neurofeedback as responsive game mechanics for virtual reality. Led by the creative studio Leaving Space, the project is a joint initiative of Ugo Petronin and Tim Travers Hawkins.
RESEARCH PHASE: 2021/2022
July 2021 to July 2022, supported by the Nederlands Filmfonds.
DEVELOPMENT PHASE: 2022/2023
Started in October 2022 with a Development Week at TETEM in Enschede.
For more information please visit Leaving Space