EXTREME LIVING ROOM
Extreme Living Room is documenting another section of
the Rethinkery that is about the exploration of extremes.
Guests probe: How might you interact with others, if half
of your body was restricted? How might living change if extremes, such as deprivation and sensual overload or other
states were experienced side by side?
Current neuroscience shows that disfunction in a various
parts of the brain can lead to dramatic changes in behavior. For example, left side body neglect can come from disfunction of a part of the right side of our parietal lobe that
is responsible for handling spatial relations. Additionally a
quick and impulsive behavioural style or slow and cautious
behaviour can come from issues in either the right or left
hemisphere of the frontal lobe that coordinates movement.
The first exercise is based on these variations. The room is
divided vertically in orange and white, the colours serving
as guides for the guests. A person purposely neglects the
left side of his body in white and concentrates on inhabiting a different character on his right side. He draws half a
drawing in a very slow and cautious mode. Another person
facing him neglects the opposite side and adopts a quick
and impulsive character with his moving side. After a period
of time, both swap their drawing and compensate for each
other by finishing the work - resulting in new kinds of variations not available to the individual if undertaking the task
In a second exercise the room is divided orange and white
horizontally. The white is a cue for sensorial deprivation and
the orange for sensorial overload. Accordingly the persons
while being in the upper space are without sensory input
and withdrawn into themselves. Moving down into the orange space people change behaviour from slow and reflective to active and engaged. The orange space matches
their engagement, flooding them with smell, sound, taste,
and touch simultaneously.