Yutaka Makino has undertaken several projects in the past years that provide acoustically and visually conditioned environments in which processes of perception are made tangible to the perceivers and reflections on the acts of perception are provoked. All the elements employed in a space are intertwined and interact with each other, so that the interdependence of behavior and counter-behavior of the elements sets the visitors’ perceptual transformations in perpetual motion.
The setup of Makino’s new piece, Displacement, functions like an experimental setup that consists of multiple components including the physical presence of the visitor in the space. There is auditory stimulation that masks almost all the acoustic features of the space. Additionally, an optokinetic stimulator is used to produce an unstable visual environment in which spatial references are constantly disrupted. Commonly used as a rehabilitation apparatus to reduce the visual dependencies of subjects for example with balance disorders or vertigo, here optokinetic stimuli are used in such a way that instabilities in orientation are induced and our dependency on visual references is put to a test. For the visitor, any gesture of other visitors becomes another spatial reference that conflicts with the output from the optokinetic device. The individual experiences of the visitors will emerge from this interference of the conflicting references.
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