First Chapter: The Kiss
A low tech virtual reality experience
We experience the world through our senses. We are being touched, sounds enters our hearing zone, smell molecules are carried in the air and find their way into our nose and odour receptors. All these ‘entries’ of the outer world are analysed in our brains. Quickly, efficiently, our brain creates an interpretation and chooses a reaction.
But what makes a collection of physical sensations and electrical signals into an experience, an emotion, a story, a memory?
Are there universal emotions that are elicited by certain conditions? Can an experience be created artificially as an art piece?
What do your senses remember from an event? From your first kiss for example?
A breath of air on your neck, the smell of beer and chewing gum, a piece of music, your own heartbeats exploding in your chest?
The artistic process
The Kiss artistic process started as a painstaking work of analysing the state of an individual in a certain moment. We reduced a private experience to its details and recreated it in a performative
We took apart a memory into sound, taste, smell, touch, temperature, air vibrations etc... than recreate the elements using 3D sound technology, everyday objects, fragrance chemical mixtures and physical manipulations and finally perform it on the single spectator participant.
How does it work?
A single person is invited to enter a room, cover their eyes, put headphones on and get inside a moment.
Physically. Real feelings.
A mixture of sounds and physical manipulations will then be performed on the sole spectator . He or she will be touched, exposed to smells, movements, objects and changes of temperatures that together compose a ‘real’ moment.
The experience lasts 7 minutes.
The sense of sight, sense of smell
We chose to create an experience that isn’t based on the sense of sight. Without seeing, we experience a sense of loss of control.
With the reinforcement of the other senses compensating for the loss of vision one can experience the world from a complex sensorial, multi dimensional perspective.
The sense of smell however, takes an important part in the building
of the scene.
Smells tell us stories. They activate our cognition differently than texts or images.
The Kiss premiered 30.08.19 in the ‘Lambe Lambe’ festival in westflügel theatre, Leipzig Germany.
18-19/01/20 Filmwinter festival Stuttgart