| San Francisco artist Cassandra
Sechler teamed up with C.I.D.R.
researcher Nigel Ritter in a piece titled Lab Rat.
involves the collection of data gathered from a study that lasted 3
months where the artist herself acted as the subject of her own
experiment. In the study, the subject was locked inside a carefully
space that was designed to appear sterile yet familiar. In this space
the subject went about
life as normal- with a few exceptions.
In this space, she was constantly under surveillance of hidden
cameras; a board
of particpants made
decisions regarding her daily routine (i.e. what sounds/music she would
listen to and when, what videos she would watch and for how long, the
color and brightness of the lights in the room, as well as what to eat,
when to exercise, sleep, or report back to the group, etc.). This was done to potentially alter
her state of consciousness,
every day emotions, and possibly even alter the context of her
dreams. The captured
videos and images were all available live, streamed over the internet
so that they were
accessible to the public, then were archived for future viewings.
process also involved EEG machines to constantly be fed
brainwaves through a chip that was implanted in the subjects brain, as
well as daily performed MRI scans of the subject by her partner. The
feelings that the
subject felt were also documented via an online blog that was
accessible to the project's participants and wandering viewers of the
webcast video documentation.