Mark Farid Oculus Rift : Artist will use Oculus Rift to live alternate life for a month

Mark Farid Oculus Rift : Artist will use Oculus Rift to live alternate life for a month

Mark Farid To Wear Oculus Rift For A Whole Month, If you’ve tried the virtual reality headset Oclulus rift, chances are you really enjoyed the experience. Still, you might not fancy wearing it 24/7 for 28 day straight, which is exactly what UK-based artist plans to do.

Artist Farid will stay in the same room (in an art gallery) for those 28 days, but will see and hear the daily activities of a second person – labelled ‘the Other’ – who is wearing a pair of glasses that capture audio and video of everything they do.

The room that Farid stays in will have a bed, a toilet and a shower and he’ll be in constant view of an audience. There will also be a projection of what he’s seeing inside his VR headset.

For an hour each day, Farid will spend time with a psychologist – but he won’t be able to take off the Oculus Rift headset. He won’t be able to speak to anyone else during the 28 days.

The virtual world that he sees and hears will have been recorded by the Other six days before – this gives the team enough time to prepare the same foods to give to Farid.

The aim of the project – called Seeing I – is to see whether Farid will start to lose his own sense of self and start to believe he is actually living the life of the other person.

“I want to do this because I want to find out if there is something inherent about the individual, or whether who we are is a cultural identity,” Farid told Mirror Online.

He recognises that the experiment will takes its toll.

“It is the risk to my eyesight and how my brain is functioning – but this is not an endurance test. If it is going too far, the project will be called off,” he explains.

By “too far” he means if his eyesight deteriorates too much or if his “mental health is at risk beyond repair”.

“Whatever the result, the documentary will be groundbreaking and give rise to a raft of new hypotheses and methodologies for social psychology to explore more systematically and in larger samples,” says Cambridge University neuroscientist Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

The whole experiment – which Farid has devised with John Ingle and Nimrod Vardi – is going to be turned into a documentary – provided it raises enough funding on Kickstarter.

If you are a heterosexual male in a relationship you can also apply to be the ‘Other’. You’ll have to be comfortable with having your life recorded for 24 hours a day over 28 days. The deadline for applications is 28 November.