ASMR NPC

In collaboration with VIA, artist-avatar LaTurbo Avedon and a special ASMR guest release an immersive therapy using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, binaural audio, and a 30 foot tall bubble. ASMR NPC brings together elements of gaming, simulation and formal abstraction to create unique therapy in a VR setting.

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LATURBO AVEDON
LaTurbo Avedon is an artist-avatar whose existence and creative output resides entirely online. Without a real world referent, LaTurbo is a digital manifestation of a person that has never existed outside of a computer. Avedon’s digital sculptures and environments disregard this lack of physicality, and instead emphasize the practice of virtual authorship. Her works are regularly distributed online, and have been exhibited internationally – including shows at Transfer Gallery (New York City), Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago), Nomade Space (Hangzhou), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).

BRITTANY ASMR
Brittany will lead a relaxing aural session in collaboration with artist/avatar LaTurbo Avedon.
Brittany ASMR, ASMR is her passion. Since she was a very young she has been able to experience ASMR in random, every day mundane activity, and she values the relaxation it brings. Brittany’s YouTube sessions span Lullabies, Let’s Plays (for ASMR), Role Plays, Show and Tell, Sound videos, Collection videos, Nature videos, and Tutorials. More information can be found on her YouTube and Twitter pages, both by the handle “BrittanyASMR.”

ASMR (sounds that feel good)
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial, though there is a considerable cult following and strong anecdotal evidence to support the phenomenon despite the lack of verifiable data. Online discussion groups such as the Society of Sensationalists formed in 2008 on Yahoo! and The Unnamed Feeling blog created in 2010 by Andrew MacMuiris aimed to provide a community for learning more about the sensation by sharing ideas and personal experiences. Some earlier names for ASMR in these discussion groups included “attention induced head orgasm”, “attention induced euphoria”, and “attention induced observant euphoria”.

The Bubble
Created by artists Max Hawkins and Robb Godshaw in 2012, designed and built a Relaxation Dome, in the heart of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts. Alex Tobey and Patrick Zakem from the School of Drama created version 2, bubble:PGH, to reflect a new interest in performance. bubble:PGH is an immersive platform for experimental theater and performance that travels around Pittsburgh.

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