Time Conditioning – final / The Hyper-Normal
  • f2. 2010 final prototype
  • f3. the 'Hyper-Normal' diagram
  • f4. still from video
  • f5. 2010 installation
  • f6. 2013 prototype for STRP biennial
  • f1. video: introducing the 'Hyper-Normality'

The Hyper-Normal

Deep within our sub-conscious lies an autonomous circuitry of mechanisms and ‘instincts’ triggered in peculiar situations. These ‘instincts’ have been forged in response to contextual dangers over the course of our evolution, and have shaped the way we perceive the world.

Our brain, constantly juggles with sensorial inputs, re-adjusting, synchronising events to make them feel normal and reasonable. But, what is ‘normal’ if we consider what we consciously experience is a ‘brain-made’ reality?

This project is part of a set of pieces exploring the possible existence of a ‘Hyper-Normal’ space, whereby a distorted experience of reality is induced because of physical or psychological stress, injuries, conditioning or training. This ‘hyper-normal’ could actually offer us an extension or parallel, opening up new experiences and potentially providing new insights to people’s condition.

Time Conditioning
"Enter the bullet-time"

2010

“ Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.” 
Miyagi-Karate Kid (1984)

The way we perceive time is intimately linked to the situation within we experience it, as time flies when watching an action film and slows down when staring at a clock, waiting. 

This distortion of time can be observed when facing a highly stressful situation too. People who have been involved in car accidents have often experienced the few seconds before the crash in slow-motion. As if their brain had taken more shots of the event, similar to a high-speed camera.

Professor David Eagleman explains that in a situation of intense stress and, when experiencing things for the first time, the brain creates much denser and richer memories, giving the feeling that an event lasted longer than it has.

This project aims at providing an experience close to experiencing ‘bullet-time’, allowing enthusiasts to catch flies with chopsticks. It is composed of a training prosthesis slowing down the moves of the user’s arm, as if under water. After a period of adaptation the training device is taken off. Once freed of the prosthesis the user has potentially increased his anticipation skills.

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thanks to Dr Ben Hanson, Jonas Loh, Steffen Fiedler, Daniel Foster Smith, Ben Oliver
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