Audio-visual installation / interactive / participating performance / animation (2019)

In collaboration with David Stanley, Andrej Savić, Milica Velimirović Bogosavljević and Maja Pantović Stefanović

Anxiety disorders are the fastest-growing mental health disorders in the world. The aim of this project is to raise awareness and help destigmatize anxiety disorders, as one of the most frequent and severely debilitating mental disorders.

Exploration of anxiety evolves through an interactive audio-visual installation, which involves audio testimonies of persons who have experienced an anxiety attack in their lifetime. While listening to these statements the visitors are surrounded with lights reflecting the differences in brain waves in relaxed and aroused anxious mental state. The lights multiply in the mirror-circled room, creating a feeling of being in an infinity space.

During the exhibition the spectators are asked to place a GSR device on their index finger. The device generates signals based on their emotional response to the story and the environment. The GSR response is recorded and later investigated in order to explore how other people’s experience of anxiety affects us, and do we respond in similar matter to the same stimuli. Later, an animation was created, using GSR records of the audience, as their reactions to a short statement of a person who experienced severe anxiety.

Exhibitions: October 2018 / TONSPUR_pasaža at Maribor Town Hall, Slovenia as part of MFRU 2018 – International Festival of Computer Arts Maribor February - April 2019 / TONSPUR_passage, TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien, MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien