Design and decelopment of an interactive experience to show the importance of our gestures in having the sense of owning our bodies using Virtual Reality
Disconnected identity is an interactive installation made for The Semester Project Expo of the Media Technology MSc Programme. The theme of the project was ‘gesture language’. Within the context of this theme, we explored the importance of our gestures in having the sense of owning our bodies. Interestingly, our mind can get tricked into owning a different body by manipulating the sensory feedback it perceives.
We made a Virtual Reality installation where you will experience the body ownership illusion by stepping into a virtual environment where you will look to yourself in a mirror. The virtual body is a made out individual dots in the form of your body and by moving your body you will get the feeling that the body consisting of simple dots is yours because it follows your movements. By successfully performing tasks where the user has to mimic a dot pattern and hold its position for some seconds the body will change. In every change, the body will get more abstract to explore the extremes of the body ownership illusion.
The user has to successfully perform some tasks by mimicking a dot pattern and holding its position for some seconds. In every task, the body will get more abstract to explore the extremes of the body ownership illusion.Read the full paper
Mark v. Koningsveld & Bonny Vloet