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You can now walk around someone's mind with an Xbox controller

Turns out actually getting inside someone else’s head is a bit weird

Cover Source: kwanalan.com

WE’VE ALL BEEN there, someone does something we can’t for the life of us get our head around.

“I’d love to know what’s going on in his/her head,” you’d say.

Well, for friends and acquaintances of Honk Kong artist Alan Kwan that dream is now a reality. Oh, and for us too.

Kwan’s virtual reality project ‘Bad Trip’ is on display at Science Gallery Dublin’s lifelogging exhibit which kicked off yesterday.

trip I want my Mum - accessing 'Bad Trip's memory blocks

He has spent the last four years, ten hours a day, mapping his mind by recording activity via a camera mounted on his glasses.

Kwan glasses The glasses and camera used Source: kwanalan.com

He then uploads the memories into the Bad Trip virtual reality engine which he designed.

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You enter a darkened room where the ‘game’ itself is playing on a giant screen with suitably creepy ambient noises coming from all sides.

Alan Kwan Alan Kwan. Nice normal looking chap. Source: kwanalan.com

Once you log on using the Xbox controller provided you can wander sandpit-style around a black-and-white appropriation of the artist’s mind.

Scattered around the landscape are various houses that Kwan has designed, and inside you’ll find ‘memory blocks’.  Walk into those and you plunge into a colour kaleidoscope of various memories Kwan has experienced.

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There are snippets of conversation and images of people’s faces (though it can be hard to distinguish specific people) and it’s all a little disconcerting to say the least.

Memories Pictured: memories Source: kwanalan.com

Well worth a try though. There are lots of different houses spread around the landscape although TheJournal.ie only managed to access one.

Not for the want of trying mind you, we spent a good four minutes trying to cross a staircase between mountains only to fall off. Pity, the house in the clouds looked very cool.

Oh, and there’s also this. Sitting outside a house, half buried in the ground, minding his own business.

The stuff of nightmares.

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