Inhabit a full body avatar that morphs across species, gender & age. Exhibited at the Welcome Trust's States of Mind exhibition (2016), which explored how conscious perception can be controlled & subverted.
Total body mash ups
Shifterpit is a playful exploration of how self-perception can be manipulated through real-time metamorphosis of an avatar's body. Visitors saw a mirror reflecting an avatar similar to their own age, ethicity & gender. Other audience members were then invited to morph the avatar using slider bars. The resulting mashups ranged from a 2cm lion with a tail to a hundred foot alien with ‘Mr Fantastic’ super stretchy arms.
Shiftpit was inspired by Jaron Lanier's ground breaking work on inhabiting novel avatar bodies. The extent that humans can feel ownership & agency wihin a foriegn body has long been a subject for philosophical debate. Emerging full body technology allows us to test these ideas of 'embodied cognition' out in the wild.