Using The Disinhibitor, an apparatus I invented as part my MA research into Stereo 3D
at Ravensbourne College, Memories Can’t Wait is a truly immersive installation – a lucid
out-of-body experience that playfully challenges our notions of the space we inhabit.
Wearing custom 3D glasses, visitors are led into a large dark room where a simple, but carefully thought-out arrangement of lasers and projectors, working with a multi-channel soundscape, create a virtual environment in which they appear to float between moving planes of stars that stretch out to infinity.
Video (1 minute) with a different selection of shots.
A taste of the audience’s reaction – which often starts as excitement, followed
by a more meditative period – can be heard here: Video (1 minute)
This proved very popular and was staged several times at Ravensbourne, each time
with the settings tweaked to create a different immersive experience:
If you have 3D glasses handy you can get a hint of the effect with some of the
images – click to enlarge, and try tilting your head.
But it’s only a hint…
The Disinhibitor has been staged several times since. It became The nDimensional Basement at Shoreditch Digital Festival 2015. This was a much smaller space, creating a more intimate environment. Without a doubt it was the most popular exhibit there.
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The Disinhibitor was seen again at Lumen Gallery’s ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ in London on December 7 2015.
House of St. Barnabus, 2018.
Lamentation uses The Disinhibitor linked to a motion detection system and custom software that interprets participants’ movements translating them into music created live from the harmonies in Thomas Tallis’ 16th Century choral composition Lamentation. The aim is to create an experience that is becalming , yet rich in sensory texture and spritual resonances. Something completely other-worldly.
Ikarie XB 2
Feb – March 2020, The Bargehouse, South Bank, London
Taking it’s inspiration from the classic Sci-fi movies Ikarie XB 1 (1963) and 2001 (1968), Ikarie XB 2 is a major part of Recyclisism’s and Sci-Fi London’s Mars and Beyond immersive art show using The Disinhibitor to create a walk-in 3D experience that imagines a fantasy spaceship where colonists travel to Alpha Centauri in a shared dream full of stars.
Watch this space! (sorry for the pun)
Note to arts curators:
Though The Disinhibitor requires some very specific components, a few of which may need to be hired in, in the right environment it is quick to set up – less than a day.
For best effect it needs a large totally blacked out room with a plain gray floor. Obviously few places are exactly like that. The video shows it done in a TV studio with black drapes. At other venues I have laid down gray linoleum.
There are five principal modes of viewing gained by a choice of two types of 3D glasses (more in the pipeline!) and the two sources of projection – the lasers and the stars, which can be selected individually or combined. Some spaces incline more to one effect than others.
The effect of floating in space diminishes as the number of people in the room increases – they, and their shadows, block the view of the projections on the floor. So the fewer the better. In a large room six is optimal.
Some folks – about 1% – hate it and get vertigo immediately. Well, you can’t please everyone…
This all takes place in a darkened space with lasers (though low-powered and safe) so there needs to be a responsible person in the room. I like to take advantage of this by having an ‘usher’ that leads people in and gives the event a theatrical edge.
I would love to stage this in a really huge dark space…