OMNI is a speculative futures video of an experience of two individuals who have chosen to undergo a body modification procedure in order to implant themselves with an artificial sense. When in proximity to others, and after a ritual of attunement, vibrations trigger at the respective frequency and flow throughout the receiver’s body, unlocking a sensation of embodied connection. Accompanying the video is a working prototype in which participants engage in the creation of ad-hoc proximal networks and real-time attunement via sound and light.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
- Arthur C. Clarke
The brief prompted us to design a technological something (e.g., wearable, device, tool, space, software, infrastructure) that gives me a special ability or superpower.
I interpreted the prompt of “superpower” as a transcendent force and I was reminded of the powers of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the power of his voice and presence, vibrations of sound and electromagnetism respectively, he motivated millions of people around the United States (and the world) to bring about a fundamental change in how people related to one another. He was able to turn concepts and values into direct and lasting action. In addition, I was inspired by the sense of intuition and how it can be a powerful force when one tunes into and becomes aware of it during moments of interaction and way-finding.
The idea further expanded into the concept of synchronicity/entanglement and entrainment that exists only when in proximity with others, as seen as large-scale rallies and protests.
From a technical standpoint, I found the Apple AirTag system with its use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as encompassing this type of phenomena. I developed a similar experience with a working prototype as way for participants to embody the kind of experience that I envisioned.
I’m deeply captivated by this type of superpower as I’m actively cultivating my own community of people as I pursue a fundamentally different life path. As I navigate my uncertain and exciting future I must rely on a greater sense of intuition. In terms of the concept, I'm fascinated by the ineffable aspects of daily life that can only be experienced through presence and proximity.
During the making process I believe that I spent too much time on making the working prototype functional. Although it was a great learning experience, I could've spent more time on the designing supporting project elements such as a project image. In the future, I plan to create the original antenna design in Gravity Sketch into a 3D blender model. From there, I will attempt at preparing the model for 3D printing in order to become accustomed with the workflow.