This project is supported by:
Next Talent Program
An initiative of Playgrounds and partners. Financed by Provincie Noord-Brabant & Kunstloc
Act award STRP
Stichting Niemeijer Fonds
Sundance Interdisciplinary Grant
Droom en Daad - Makerslab
EMARE - Werkleitz
Disembodied- a Multi sensory project
"Caught in the fabric of the world, my body is a thing among things"
"I have the experience that I walk around with a shell of myself.
They don't believe me as long as I am still moving.
I move on without experiencing it.
This lost state is a darkness that swallows me.
Thus I never find any rest: neither during the day nor at night
All that remains is a shadow."
(Diary excerpt of Cotard patient)
The multidisciplinary project 'Disembodied' is an intimate journey in which the fragile relationship with our biological body is questioned. The story is told from the perspective of a patient who suffers from the rare Cotard Syndrome and has lost connection with her body. To experience this we develop various presentation forms; including a documentary film, a multi-sensory installation and VR-project. To create this disembodied experience we use an immersive sound experience, a floating tank, scent, wearables, touch, and virtual reality to make the experience tangible. In this journey we see a glimpse of how their brains may be the key to unlock the mysteries of human consciousness.
Disembodied has an interdisciplinary approach: it integrates knowledge from the fields of cinema, philosophy, medicine, and science. We collaborate with neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, and artists in the field of dance, sound, and image. It's a project situated at the intersection of these different disciplines and, based on its investigative nature, searches for innovative ways to represent this experience in different presentation forms.