Seeing is Believing is an experimental art and science collaborative project that conveys the illusion of chronic pain using the latest technology. The installation is an intimate one-on-one interaction between an audience and myself, and gives each participant a metaphorical experience of what it's like to live with persistent pain, and explores how our brains construct and experience pain. In this artwork, I specifically focus on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) to demonstrate the complexities of pain in their right hand.
The main objective for this project is for the general public to experience just a little bit of what it feels like to live with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and chronic pain in general, and to remember their experience long after the session is finished. It aims to provide a transformative experience that will actually change the individual's actions and attitudes towards the people with chronic pain. In doing so, the project addresses important bio-ethical issues including the stigma surrounding people with chronic pain and the lack of understanding from society.
Seeing Is Believing was developed through a Synapse Art & Science residency and premiered in 2016 in the group exhibition 'The Patient'. The installation is a one-on-one interaction between the artist and a participant conveying a multisensory experience of chronic pain by using VR, Augmented Reality and custom designed gloves.
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