After establishing the direction of the project, I wondered a question ‘How about the feeling of imprisonment?’. There is an interview with a guy who has been in Prisons and Prison Life with 60+.
‘…It was like this invisible door just closed on me… I thought about never having a future, never fulfilling my ambitions, being a pariah, a persona non grata from society. It was a terrible experience. As I watched the cars go by on the freeway, I saw the people of free society going through their daily routines, taking for granted the freedoms I wish I could have again…’
There are some keywords which are valuable such as ‘Invisible Door’, ‘Pariah’, ‘Free Society’ and ‘Freedoms’. It means that someone is severed from society without any ‘Contractual Connection’.
Do you remember the episode of Christmas Special episode of the drama ‘Black Mirror’? By using a device, everyone can block somebody off like below picture, and when they are talking, their voices are distorted as just noise. You can be blocked off from everyone like a person who cannot socialise with anyone.
In this regard, I have been thinking about setting up a scenario. The title is ‘Refugee Prison’ which is from refugee ‘Camp’. It means that by changing the term ‘Camp’ to ‘Prison’, people can recognise this situation seriously. Roughly, when it comes to technical approach, an experimenter wears a device or clothes attached a distance sensor which recognise and calculate distance, and then when people come and are closer to the experimenter, the device make some warning horns or recorded warning voices to block the connection off with others. By doing this, the tester will be most likely to avoid people not to make some noise, and can become isolated and will get depressed like a prisoner.