Edge of the Present is a ‘mixed reality’ (virtual and physical) environment designed to cultivate future thinking. Inspired by neuropsychological research into the workings of memory and imagination, and made in collaboration with psychologists, mental health specialists and participants with lived experiences of suicide survival, this compelling immersive experience invites us to ‘invent the next ten minutes’ – something that is a challenge when we find ourselves inhabiting the ‘edge of the present’.
The participatory installation is comprised of rooms that visitors navigate while wearing virtual reality displays. Architectural features and objects in the environment correspond with forms in the virtual world, which have the capacity to dynamically evolve as the user progresses through physical space and the story. By using technology in this novel way, the installation helps viewers to better engage with the present moment – and hence with the future – with openness, curiosity, and confidence.
Installation by Alex Davies, based on original research and concepts by JR Brennan and Alex Davies, in association with Alessandro Donagh De Marchi, Faisal Sayani, and Artist/Psychologist Michaela Davies.
How to engage
Edge of the Present is designed as an enjoyable sensory experience for all audiences (no bookings needed).
Additionally, for people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and/or other mental health issues, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention/Black Dog Institute is organising an additional program of engagements. These include:
The installation project is developed from collaborative ARC-funded research led by Jill Bennett and Alex Davies, with an engagement program by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention at the Black Dog Institute, supervised by Katherine Boydell.
Supported by NSW Government, Department of Mental Health, the Australian Research Council and CRESP.
Friday 27 September to Saturday 16 November 2019
Except Sunday 29 September, Sunday 6 October, Labour Day, Sunday 13 October, Monday 14 October, Sunday 20 October, Monday 21 October, Sunday 27 October, Monday 28 October, Sunday 3 November, Monday 4 November, Sunday 10 November and Monday 11 November