This was a studio assignment based on the Haus Rucker & Co MoMA exhibit: https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2011/03/31/the-mind-expanderflyhead-helmet-a-mind-blowing-perception-transformer
The concept of my helmet is to change how the person that wears it perceives their environment.
I was inspired by Kaleidoscopes the term which comes from the greek words kalos-'beautiful,' eidos- 'shapes,' and scopion- 'to look at. The word then translated means: beautiful form watcher. The name of mine came from the greek word 'myló' which means 'mind.' Therefore, the helmet title of 'mylóscope' is a play on words to mean 'to look into the mind.'
Kaleidoscopes use prisms of mirrors to generate symmetric patterns of light and color from asymmetric objects. The essential joy of looking into them comes from the amazement of discovering symmetry in objects where none is expected. I tried to play with the geometric forms that were created when looking through one.
I wanted to create a visually stimulating dome by confining the viewer in this outer shell. The pieces of mirrors on the outer shell are a metaphor for self reflection and meditation and the triangular pieces are a translation of the mirror pieces that are inside the kaleidoscope.
The helmet is also intended to create an environment that the wearer can meditate in. My goal is to aim towards the Medial Prefrontal cortex of the brain or the part references back to you and your perspective and experiences. Otherwise called the "Me Center" of the brain it processes info like daydreaming, thinking about the future, reflection, social interaction-also called the self-referencing center. The helmet is intended to create a visually pleasing environment where one can focus on self reflection.