“The world and I are within one another.” Maurice Merleau-Ponty
The human body does not begin and end with the skin. The boundary between human body and the rest of the world is permeable. You are the Ocean, an interactive installation, projects ocean waves in response to brain waves of a single participant. Water, light, clouds, lightening are realistically simulated by computer code. A participant wears an EEG (Electroencephalography) head set that measures the user’s approximate attention and meditation levels via brain waves. Through relaxation and concentration, the subject can control the water and sky. Attention level affects storminess: with higher concentration, the waves get higher and the clouds thicken. By calming her mind, the subject can create a calm ocean.
Humans have a nervous system and perceive an illusionary boundary between their bodies and rest of the world. An atom in our body is billions of years old, coming from dying stars and each atom has been a part of so many things: stardust, soil, sea, clouds, air, single-cell life, fish, bugs, birds. This concept appears in different versions of Sufi mysticism, big bang theory and the history of evolution. You are the Ocean is a reminder that our presence and thinking have a direct impact on the planet. Humans are not superior to any ecosystem and they exist in the intertwined web of all ecosystems as an extension of the planet (*).
You are the Ocean
An Interactive Installation by Ozge Samanci, 2017
Coding and implementation: Gabriel Joseph Caniglia
Video: Deborah Libby
Video Assistance: Jesseca Simmons
Participants in the video: Nevo I. Shinaar, Lea A. Rodbarry
Thanks: Adam Robert Snyder, URAP Northwestern, Peter J Civetta, Brandon Grill, Brian L
Perkinson, Gabriel Caskey, Department of Radio/Television/Film, Department of Art
Theory and Practice, Kyle Henry, Stephan Moore, Hamid Naficy, Josh Ippel, Matthew Edward Martin