This Artist Will Wear Oculus Rift for 28 Days!


The Oculus Rift is a personal virtual reality display which you can use to experience a digitally created world first hand, and it’s set to revolutionise how we consume all kinds of entertainment. And it’s also going to be used for some pretty weird stuff.

Perhaps inevitably, these kinds of unusual projects have already begun, including one by artist Mark Farid. Not only is he planning to spend 28 days wearing the headset but he also wants to live someone else’s life while doing it.

The pitch goes like this – Farid and his team will select a person who they have not met before with a few basic requirements; male, heterosexual and in a relationship. Then that person will record every aspect of his life for 28 days via a special pair of glasses, with only his significant other being aware of the process.

After that, the footage will be taken and processed so it can be used in the Oculus Rift and Farid will shut himself away in an art gallery space in London containing only a bathroom and bedroom. For the next 28 days, he will be fed what the original person ate, sleep when he sleeps and bathe when he bathes.

Farid will have no other interactions (apart from daily check-ups by a psychologist) and will listen and watch and live the other person’s life, with 3D sound and all access imagery.

It sounds like a totally insane experiment and it remains to be seen what effect it will have on the artists well-being as well as what it reveals about this kind of long-term exposure to technology as recent as the Oculus Rift.

The project is currently seeking completion funding on Kickstarter, here’s what it’s all about.

If you’re interested – they’re currently looking to recruit ‘The Other’ for the experiment!

For you and me, the Oculus Rift opens up the possibilities of engaging with 3D content. Immersive video games will track you head movement in real-time and there have already been movies which allow you to move through a pre-recorded space and look in any direction you want. The possibilities of the technology are endless.

A number of pre-release Oculus Rift models currently exist, with a consumer version aiming for release sometime in 2015 with vastly improved image quality.

In Short: Oculus Rift is a personal 3D viewer, perfect for games or movies, but Mike Farid wants to live another person’s life through it

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