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The Sensory Symptom

The Sensory Symptom is an interactive experience produced during an intensive two-week collaboration between the Punchdrunk theatre company and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.


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Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt

Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt is currently a producer on the MyWorld programme, a five year programme which will showcase the latest advances in digital production and research.

The Sensory Symptom is an interactive experience produced during an intensive two-week collaboration between the Punchdrunk theatre company and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.

Taking place within a small, darkened, instrumented room, the experience encourages individual visitors to discover interactions tied to doors, drawers and mirrors and explore the mystery of the ghostly inhabitant. From a research perspective, Sensory Symptom demonstrates the feasibility of theatrical experiences driven by interactive spaces and provides an early understanding of their requirements. We hope to develop both of these strands in further collaborative work. Visitors to the PMStudio are often able to experience the Sensory Symptom, just ask whether it is available during your visit.

The Sensory Symptom was supported by Arts & Business