Replacing the visual with the sensual and integrating interactive technology within vivid documentary storytelling, this is a blindfolded journey into the psychology of navigation.
Feeling their way along a taut length of rope, participants are taken alone into a three-dimensional aural world of real people who have been profoundly lost and, through experiencing the unknown, have been changed in unexpected ways.
The journey is contained within a carefully designed physical space, the architecture of which relies on atmosphere, texture, smell and scale. You begin on the rope… but then it splits, the room spins and the space opens out in front of you. With a binaural soundscape to heighten the sense of total immersion, recordings triggered by iBeacons carve out the participants’ pathway through the piece.
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from and where you will go” REBECCA SOLNIT
Developed during a residency with Blast Theory, Door into the Dark is being produced by the Pervasive Media Studio.
An iteration of the piece was presented at the iDocs Conference at The Watershed on 21st & 22nd March 2014 – see here for details. The premiere was at Sheffield International Documentary Festival in June 2014.
For reviews, twitter feeds and future dates, see www.doorintothedark.com