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Deniz Ural | Thesis Project | 2018 - 2019

IMAGINE THIS...

 

When you enter a space, the space knows you are there. The space knows who you are. 

 

This space has the power to transform your life by transforming itself according to you.

 

If we can understand the power of this relationship, we can enjoy...

 

Every single moment of our lives.

 

This installation was exhibited at OCAD University between May 1- 5, 2019

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Low HRV
(Excitement - Stress)

High HRV
(Mindfulness - Calm)

Over the five days of the exhibition a total of

323

people have tried this experience. 

Here are some interesting data points; 

2 People have cried and hugged me 

when they came out telling me how

powerful this experience was for them.

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2 People were frustrated because

they were fixated on making

the room blue.

Out of 323 only 4 people were able 

to keep the room blue the whole time.

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Some people stayed more than 10 minutes and there was a long line of people waiting, so I had to cut down the music at 4 minutes to direct the exit. 

Men were able to keep the room blue

longer than women. Women have experienced more variety of colours

than men.

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ALL the 323 people turned the room blue when they were meditating. 

1 Person told me that this experience made her realize that she could not focus on her experience because she was judging her experience and her "inability" to make the room blue, she thanked me and told me that meditation really helper her.  

 

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WE ARE ALL ONE

LOCATION

While doing research to find a location, I realized that nothing fit my vision. In my heart, I knew that it was really important to stay true to my vision and follow what feels right. I made the decision to build a custom location which was a risk because I have never built anything this big. 

TECHNOLOGY

I have collaborated with a computer scientist and a software engineer, Steve Karpik for the technical components of Sensorium1

TECHNICAL PROCESS

EEG DATA

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In the beginning of the project, I wanted to collect EEG data as input and planned to collaborate with MUSE2. I would like to give thanks to Hesam Masoumi and MUSE2 for supporting projects like these. 

After a period of research and trial, we decided we were limited by the time we had to dig into the complex data stream that is brainwaves. 

HEART RATE DATA

Instead, we decided to look into heartbeat data as for our input. After having software compatibility issues with MUSE2, we started to consider other products for the collection of biofeedback. ​

HEART RATE VARIABILITY DATA

After further research, we came across another data input: heart rate variability. Heart rate variability data is different from the basic heart rate. This data measures the time variance between heartbeats and indicates more about the physiology of a person and how much their breathing is in tune with their bodies. 

 

While still looking into other products, we found Corsense. This device is compatible, easy to use and collects heart rate variability. Perfect.  

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I am excited to see what other kinds of biofeedback data I can use for future Sensoriums. In the future, I am excited to come back to brainwaves and transform spaces simply with our brain activity. Imagine, your thoughts are manifested into visual experience. 

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There is magic in everyday life; I call these moments mini performances. They are experiences that appear and disappear in a second like unique and fleeting light reflections. These moments create a trail of wonderment and trigger curiosity in us. 

 

Imagine you are on a rooftop, all of a sudden you see a bubble floating, a single bubble. That is a mini performance. Or when you are walking outside with your headphones on, listening to a piano song, and as the last note hits, it slowly starts raining. 

 

The world is filled with mini performances and life is a playground. 

 

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I once saw a baby observing his hand as if this was the very moment he realized it was his own. He looked it over and over with astonishment, pupils dilating. I thought to myself, at what point in our lives do we lose the sense of discovery and amazement?