The Mexican Standoff – Creating a Hyperreality
The Mexican Standoff removes the physical link between the persons thoughts and actions; people are directly thinking about what they are doing – creating a hyperreality.
Two players stand facing each other in a long room wearing EEG headsets connected wirelessly to a computer. The first-person view of each player from Counter Strike is projected onto the opponents body; so each player is ‘clothed’ in their Counter Strike character. When the headsets detect via EEG analysis that the player is relaxed they will fire their weapon.
In popular culture, a Mexican Standoff is usually portrayed as two or more opponents with guns at the ready, creating a very tense situation. A Mexican standoff is a slang term defined as a stalemate or impasse, a confrontation that neither side can win.
This was developed with Onur Sönmez at MediaLab Prado, Madrid in January 2010
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