Visitations is a collection of vignettes designed to relax, entrance, and enhance the viewer’s state of mind. It makes use of techniques such as binaural beats, subtle strobing, form constants, and includes a body scan meditation, a dream induction, and a soundtrack developed by a healer with experience leading traditionally inspired ceremonies. The experiences in Visitations allow users to turn inwards and explore their own stories and mental states. The spaces are open vessels waiting to be filled by the conscious intentions of the users. Ancient shamans intuitively understood the power of the mind, and that their performances would conjure the body’s innate ability to heal. Modern medicine accomplishes a similar effect with lab coats and pills. Visitations employs technology to similar ends.
Visitations has been designed from the ground up for use with stand-alone VR headsets like the Go, Quest and even phone based VR which greatly improves accessibility and ease of use. The scenes run in real-time and are procedurally generated. They never loop and are always different allowing them to be an effective object of meditation.
Art is Therapy
Ancient shamans intuitively understood the power of the mind, and that their performances would conjure the body’s innate ability to heal. Modern medicine accomplishes a similar effect with lab coats and pills. We are beginning to understand that technology can be employed to similar ends.
The Spirit of Experimentation
We are at the start of a long journey. Visitations is a place for artists and scientists to collaborate on experiments which will lead to a vocabulary and a set of best practices to achieving a variety of different therapeutic and aesthetic goals.
Subtle Strobing Lights - have been shown to directly affect brainwaves, inducing dissociative states, even helping prevent Alzheimer’s.
Binaural and Isochronic Beats - have a similar ‘brainwave entraining’ effect as strobing lights and have been used for decades in meditation practices.
Form Constants - are geometric patterns which appear during altered states such as hypnogogia and hallucinations.
Tunnels - draw the eye to a single point in the distance.
Body Scan - is a common meditation practice, employed in Vipassana meditation and others.
· Inner Journeys
· Mood Modification
· Distraction Therapy
· Infusion Therapy
· Mental Reset
· Meditation Assistance