Headspace

Headspace

..is an automated miniature theater for 1 spectator at the time, an installation with robotic actors and programmed mechanics, experienced by the audience in an intimate and personal way.

Concept

For 2 minutes the spectator puts on a new giant head, it slides gently over his old head and it shuts him off from the outside world. In dim light and silence a little fully automatic spectacle takes place with live animatronics. There is no screens used nor any recorded sound, all sounds are acoustic and generated at the very moment. Headspace is a reaction on the extensive amount of screen-time in daily live and the artificial experiences taking place online and in social media.

Inside headspace it is physically impossible to use a phone or a camera, the audience can look with there own eyes only.

it's Non-Virtual Reality



Technics

In previous projects Electric Circus used remote control to operate their mechanical-puppets (animatronics). Headspace is full automatic, the remote control is replaced by a special way of programming done by custom made software and interfaces, best described as intuitive programming resulting in lively and spirited machines and animatronics.


Headspace is created in collaboration with Rolf Meesters.
http://www.rolfm.dds.nl

COVID

in a way Headspace falls perfectly within the protection regulations, because the audience experiences the performance one by one at safe distance… But the factor that’s possible questionable is that the heads of the audience go inside the cardboard Heads of Headspace. Because of this we've reshaped the Heads. This is how we've handled this issue:
- we reshaped the entrance of the heads; the nose and mouth of the audience are now staying outside the head-space, just eyes and ears are inside.
- Each head-space has a ventilation system inside that blows fresh air in continuously.
Together with the standard prevent measures ’wearing masks, wash hands and clean the handles and heads regularly' we have the impression it's very safe and meets the requirements.