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This Artist Is Going to Use Oculus Rift to Live as Someone Else for 28 Days

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Seeing-I is a technologically-driven piece of performance art in which Mark Farid will be confined to a gallery to watch someone else’s life flash before his eyes for 28 days.

That life will belong to someone known as “the other.”


No, wrong others. Pay attention.

The other will wear a pair of glasses with a hidden camera and record the video and audio footage to be used in Farid’s Oculus Rift ahead of time. Then Farid will sit alone in a gallery and watch the life of another human being in virtual reality in an attempt to live out Being John Malkovich get at the nature of self in a way just regular meditation couldn’t live up to.

Farid and the Seeing-I team will give a Q&A and demonstration at the Imagine Science Film Festival in Abu Dhabi next week. Hopefully someone will ask him how he’ll manage to eat and breathe and other science facts.

(via Business Insider, image via Sebastian Stabinger)

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