Any organism moving through its environment receives a constant stream of sensory signals about self-motion: optic flow inputs from vision, proprioceptive information about the position of the body from muscles, joints and tendons, and inputs for acceleration via the vestibular system. This latter seems particularly important for self-motion (Green & Angelaki, 2010).

Under normal circumstances, the brain optimally combines sensory signals for self-motion, which are successfully integrated to produce a coherent representation of the organism in the external environment. However, conflicts between sensory modalities may occur when sensory signals carry discrepant information. If the vestibular system is altered with conflicting sensory information, we easily realise that the usual way in which we perceive objects of human expression, such as visual forms, music, and art, does dramatically change (Gallagher, M., Dowsett, R., & Ferrè, E.R., 2019).

VESTIBULAR_1 (Albert Barqué-Duran & Marc Marzenit, 2020) is an immersive audio-visual installation that invites the audience to wander inside a vestibular system structure. In specific, the installation induces illusory sensations of self-motion by temporarily disrupting the audience’s vestibular functioning via specific patterns and configurations of audio and light stimuli.

The installation VESTIBULAR_1 is based on the innovative research from the VeME (Vestibular Multisensory Embodiment) Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London, which investigates the role played by vestibular signals in the perception and representation of the body and the external world and how it affects aesthetic preferences.

VESTIBULAR_1 will be World Premiered at Ars Electronica Festival 2020 in Barcelona.




Artists: Albert Barqué-Duran & Marc Marzenit
Co-Producer: BEEP Collection – NewArtFoundation
Technology Partner: Protopixel
Technology Suppliers: Sfëar – Eurecat; Silentsystem
In collaboration with: Elisa Ferrè (Vestibular Multisensory Lab – Royal Holloway, University of London)
Acknowledgements: LaAgencia



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