Zone Out, Hone In

This is a sound/film piece based on the idea of sensory overload. We encounter a great deal of sensory input within our daily lives, however we do not consciously process it all due to an evolutionary trait called habituation. When we ‘get used’ to a stimulus, we naturally stop focusing on it – for example, when sat on the a bus, the sound of the engine running may become something you stop noticing because you have habituated. In terms of human evolution, this is an important survival mechanism to ensure we are able to focus and navigate our way through life.

Conversely, having one sense dulled may enhance the other, such as when blind people develop acute hearing due to the lack of visual input. The piece below explores this idea through sound, dulling the visual input and enhancing the auditory.

 

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