Severely Hypnotic Web Art

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Since our recent post on various self-experimentation techniques of hypnosis combined with VF, we have noticed a number of artists who are possibly taking advantage of web media to produce artworks whose intent may be to hypnotize the audience and cause altered states in unsuspecting viewers. Following are a few examples:

Warp (2010) - Florent di Bartolo from Rhizome.org

glory ball on Spirit Surfers by sounder2

blue willow on Spirit Surfers by guest

We have known for some time that short animated gifts of all kinds have a tendency to be both addictive and psycho-affective. However these images are unusually powerful. Some of the effects we have noted from these particular animations are as follows:

Warp (2010)
•  prolonged blurred and tinted vision
•  carpal tunnel sensation

glory ball
•  compound eye irritation
•  dance twitch
•  mirror stage

blue willow:
•  zero depth perception
•  “Fort-Da” syndrome

We suggest that if you view these images you do so for less than 8 minutes. There are many more on the blog sites Rhizome.org and Spirit Surfers.

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