Disembodied is an intimate journey in which the fragile relationship with our biological body is questioned. The experience is told from the perspective of a patient who suffers from the rare Cotard Syndrome. A neuropsychiatric disease in which the affected persons believe they have no body or do not exist at all. In our ever changing world where uploading our mind, AI and exoskeletons are the new frontiers, these experience bring us back to what it means to own a human body. Some doctors and scientists see in the examination of this syndrome the possibility of unlocking the mysteries of where our consciousness is located.
Disembodied is a multi-disciplinary project by filmmaker and artist Marleine van der Werf, which she is developing in collaboration with sound artist Antoine Bertin. It consists of various forms of presentation: The installation in a sensory deprivation tank, a Virtual Reality project, and documentary film. The central subject of the work is disembodiment. Knowledge of this experience flows into the project through collaboration with neuroscientists, philosophers, physicians, media scientists, and choreographers.
In the framework of transmediale 2023, the first Audio Experiment of Disembodied can be tested in a sensory deprivationtank and pool. After floating in the installation participants will be asked about their experiences in short interviews after the presentation and thus become part of the further development of the work and an ongoing research process.
The journey takes place on 31 January 2023, between 12:00 - 18:00 at schwebebad & massagewelt in Berlin.
Anyone interested to be part of this experiment can apply at email@example.com until 25 January 2023. Please note that there are limited spaces.