Seeing is Believing is an experimental art and science collaborative project that conveys a type of chronic pain called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Through a one-on-one interaction between the artist and a participant, the interactive performance installation conveys a metaphorical experience of chronic pain by manipulating each participant’s multisensory experience using the latest technologies.
The project is based on neuroscience research showing that pain is integrated with the person’s environment. It can be influenced by many factors, including vision, touch, hearing, expectations and/or previous experiences.
Seeing is Believing is an exercise to demonstrate, contrary to the common belief that pain reflects only the amount of tissue damage, that the brain can still produce perceptions of pain even in the absence of physical injury. It is also an artistic way of externalising an inherently internal experience, so that the audience can experience something of what it is like to have CRPS. Please note that this artwork is designed not to give pain to you, however it may or may not involve various types of discomfort depending on your response.
Eugenie Lee is an emerging interdisciplinary artist with a focus on medical science relating to chronic pain disease. Eugenie works with sculptures, installations, performance and paintings to communicate its complexities. Eugenie is a recipient of Synapse Residency 2015 (ANAT) and Amplify Your Art 2014 (Accessible Arts). During the 8 month research through Amplify, Eugenie began working with neuroscientists specialising in chronic pain research at Body in Mind (BIM) at UniSA and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. Eugenie has continued to work with several of them through the Synapse over the following year.
Acoustica is very proud to have worked with Eugenie on this project.
Images & text courtesy of Eugenie Lee