Julika Welge

DMW / Extreme Living Room

Current neuroscience shows that disfunction in a various parts of the brain can lead to dramatic changes in behaviour. For example, left side body neglect can come from a disfunction of 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. 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 drawings and compensate for each other by finishing the work resulting in new kinds of variations not available to the individual if undertaking the task alone.

In a second exercise the room is divided horizontally. The white is a cue for sensorial deprivation and the orange for sensorial overload.