Titchener’s Cage / Out of Body Experience Machine #2
A site-specific, Mixed Reality installation in which the viewer puts on a VR headset only to be confronted with the altered physicality of her own body, and by a cast of visitors pulled from a growing archive captured earlier on-site as 3D point-clouds. The visitors appear just as tangible as she is, and choose to address her in a variety of modes, from the intimate to the confrontational. The viewer can choose at any point to eject herself from her body, and acquire an "out of body perspective" on the interaction between her and these ghostly visitors.
Edward Titchener was the psychologist who coined the English word "empathy", but in his original definition the meaning had more to do with subjective sensory and aesthetic experience of other people than with purporting to “feel what’s it’s like to be another person”.