O.B.E. Ego Passages



“Ego Passages” is a six scene augmented reality dance performance about the nature of consciousness. The app is site-specific and can be viewed from the 17th of September to the 27th 2020 of September at Holzmarkt 25.

Please download Android App here at the Google Play Store (minimum requirement Android 7.1). It is advised to download app ahead of visit with a wifi connection (app size 217MB) 



Please download IOS App here.  It is advised to download app ahead of visit with a wifi connection (app size 260MB) Minimum requirement IOS 11.0



To enhance performance, close all other apps before.
Once downloaded go to the marker with the “door Icon” first (next to the boat between “Säälchen” and Spree river. Use the map inside the App to navigate around the Holzmarkt to the next scene. In case of the app crashing or freezing (this might happen when running on older, less powerfull  phone models), start the app again.
map  to view locations of markers for augmented scenes at Holzmarkt 25

The project was developed with the AURORA School for ARtists, HTW Berlin funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

     
About
“O.B.E. - Ego Passages“ is an augmented reality installation consisting of six scenes about the nature of consciousness. Augmentation takes place through smartphone or tablet at six different locations on the at the Holzmarkt 25 ground. O.B.E. is based on some of the ideas of the contemporary philosopher Thomas Metzinger. Consciousness as a reality generator is the central theme of my work. The dancer in my installation (the ego machine agent, short EMA)  is the agent who smoothly moves in between realities, whose task is it to show how fragile our reality model actually is. The EMA shows the cracks, points out the moments when the reality simulation is breaking down.

With my work, I want to create a living, detailed, hallucinogenic world that explores our phenomenal ego through the appearance of the world .



Background
AI is the new and old Buzzword. Der Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts, that artificial intelligence will pass a Turing test and therefore reach the level of human intelligence by the year of 2029. But what about the consciousness? Is consciousness even possible in artificial intelligence? What actually means consciousness?

Consciousness is the appearance of the world. The ability to shift the first-person perspective actively inwards, exploring our emotional state and to steer our attentions towards thinking processes. The human consciousness differs from other biologically evolved phenomena fundamentally, that it makes a reality to appear in itself. „The conscious brain is a biological machine, a reality generator, that tells us what exists and what not. “ (Metzinger, Der Egotunnel)

The fundamental idea of modern consciousness research says, that the contents of our consciousness are the contents of a simulated reality in our brain and that even the feeling of our existence is part of this simulation.

The pale lilac colour of the seeng sun is not a quality of the evening sky but a quality of the inner model of the evening ky, which is generated by our brain. The evening sky is colourless. “Out there in front of your eyes exists nothing but an
ocean of electromagnetic field, a wild billowy mixture of different wavelengths. Most of them are invisible for you. And can never become part of your conscious reality model.“

Is therefore reality as we experience it every day just a mental stage set, a representation of the world itself? Are we living in a virtual reality already?


particle effect for the IOS App