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The Sensible Spectrum

Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur
Sensible Spectrum V1 - Kurzfilmtage Festival Winterthur

2017, Installation, customized Oculus Rift headset, video projector, mixed media

The first version of this ongoing project was presented at the Winterthur Short Film Festival as part of the curatorial project Situations of the Fotomuseum Winterthur.

A small beamer was fixed on an Oculus Rift headset by means of a 3D printed part. Viewers could wear the headset within the confines of a cylindrical rear projection screen and watch a playlist of found VR footage.
What the immersed spectator sees through the helmet is not what it is projected by the beamer. Both 360° video feeds (VR and video projected) are synched to the spectator’s gaze by means of custom software.

 « No matter how deep we are immersed in medial environments, our physical behaviour remains exposed to the gaze of others. This aspect is at the heart of Alan Bogana’s VR installation, in which a membrane marks the interface between intimate and public space: It cocoons the users, yet leaves them partially exposed to observation while immersed in different VR sequences that were compiled by the artist from online platforms like YouTube or Vimeo. All sequences stem from different contexts and aim at distinctive viewer reactions, inducing therefore different ‘gaze’s narratives’. Via a customized VR headset, each user’s viewing behaviour can be tracked by outside observers, who experience the sequences in a unique spatialized way. By subtly confronting the two forms of spectatorship, The Sensible Spectrum underscores the correlation between the immersive media we consume and the potential privacy issues in the foreseen development of virtual reality technology. What happens when intimate signatures such as the movement of our gaze are exploited and our subjective reactions quantified? » 
Fotomuseum Winterthur, SITUATION #100