The Living Dead (2022 Work in progress)

Marleine van der Werf (in collaboration with Antoine Bertin)

The Living Dead is a multidisciplinary project. An intimate journey in which the fragile relationship with our biological body is questioned. The ‘story’ is told from the perspective of a Cotard patient. A rare neuropsychiatric condition in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are dead or don’t exist. Some physicians and scientists believe that this syndrome unlocks the mysteries of where our consciousness is located.

It's a project situated at the intersection of different disciplines. Based on its investigative nature it researches ways to represent this disembodied experience by using different presentation forms like: immersive sound, film, a sensory deprivation tank, scent, wearables, touch, GVS and virtual reality. It integrates knowledge on disembodiment through collaboration with neuroscientists, philosophers, physicians and choreographers. The Living Dead invites us to consider what our sense of self is in an ever-changing world in which we are confronted with viruses and rapid digitalization.

During the residency Van der Werf aims to do interviews and test different prototypes to create a disembodied experience.

Genre
virtualReality
transmediaStorytelling
multiSensory
Methods
eEGBrainwave
participatoryWorkshop
Themes
Art And Science
medicine
science
experiment
humanities
Body And Human
death
disease
embodiment
human
identity
pain
perception
performativity
physiognomy
senses
body
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