7.8 (Reduced Reality App)
A new mobile application developed by Acute Art, in collaboration with Carsten Höller for his exhibition DAY, presented at maat. Users are able to augment reality (or reduce reality, which seems more apt) by seeing their screens flicker at 7.8 Hz, a frequency that stimulates brain waves and, after a while, induces hallucinations. In addition to the visual modification, the phone's torchlight goes on and off at 7.8 Hz. The phone also vibrates and makes a clicking stereo sound at this frequency. It is suggested to use the 7.8 app both in the exhibition DAY and outside, also at night or in dark places where the torchlight can interact with the screen image.
Software for download here, from 05/10/2021.
Courtesy of the artist and Acute Art