The Lévitation project is a virtual levitation training experiment which modifies the user perception and their cognitive abilities.
Lévitation is an artistic device that aims to modify sensory and cognitive abilities by immersing spectators into a hyper-realistic virtual world where they are able to practice levitation.
Equipped with the OVO headset, a combination of a virtual reality headset and EEG electrodes, the spect-actor is thrown into a hyper-realistic 3D world recreating the real environment. The spect-actor can now practice levitating a virtual cube.
The headset gives the user access to the “Lévitation” program, which will offer them mental exercises where they will learn how to levitate objects.
The assumption is that by practicing, the visitor will create and modify certain neural patterns of their brain, so that they can eventually levitate in the real world.
The back and forth between the information we receive and our interpretations, added to our ability to anticipate and correlate with our past experiences, defines us as an ever-changing being. The Lévitation project is inspired by the process of perception: our brain taking in reality through the senses. The project questions the possibility of modifying or altering our reality by sending feedback from the virtual world to the brain through the senses, in order to potentially develop new brain functions.