Cutis Anserina explores how humans may connect to their physical selves in a parallel world where people prefer engaging digitally. Researchers develop a therapy to reengage the mind-body network of human’s emotional landscape. Experimentation with sound frequencies, visual elements, and spatial design led to the rediscovery of a long overlooked element of the human mind-body connection.
Cutis Anserina, more commonly known as goosebumps, is involuntary, activated by the parasympathetic nervous system, the same system responsible for our fight or flight response. While the reflex is most often caused by exposure to cold, cutis anserina can arise during experiences of awe, fear, pride and excitement, causing tiny muscles attached to our hair follicles to contract. It has been shown that people who experience cutis anserina more often are healthier and happier.
By reintroducing the body to the instinctive phenomenon of goosebumps, this speculative wellness treatment empowers people to identify and seek out experiences in their everyday lives that may induce the emotionally energetic effects of Cutis Anserina.
Created in collaboration with Farzad Kargaran and Gabriel Tan, the piece consists of visuals generated using a mix of ink and dye projection mapped onto the skin of the structure, as well as a sonic experience consisting of 3D sound and vibration.
The project was generously funded by Google as part of Studio Forward and was shown at Future Resonance, a month long exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.