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Reach Out


Reach Out is an experiment on a timeless philosophical inquiry - one's being in the world -  through a personal VR experience. 

It highlights the hand as an everyday instrument of embodiment. The hand protrudes out from our torso; it senses, manipulates, and projects our will onto the world. In "A Thousand Brains," Jeff Hawkins introduces a novel theory of consciousness, emphasizing the importance of reference frames to our inherent sense of self. What if we could invert the reference frame, and the hands? 

The project explores the potential of immersive machines to be more than an imitation of reality - what questions can we start asking by strategically distorting and altering familiar interactions?

Reach out your hands toward yourself.

Project by 

Kai Feng Wu

Advised by Dana Karwas

Workshop with Sarah Oppenheimer Oct. 2022

Machine as Medium Exhibition Nov. 2022

Cinema as a Protective Medium lecture by Francesco Casetti in Berlin 2023

Machine as Medium Exhibition Oct. 2023

The Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale is an interdisciplinary art and technology center. CCAM is part of the cultural landscape at Yale that includes other major institutions such as the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. CCAM is also home to an interdisciplinary Curriculum in Residence, sponsoring classes from art and architecture to public health. A staging ground for faculty and students to experiment, CCAM starts with creativity to advance projects and research, forming an archipelago of interdisciplinary labs within an art-forward setting.