The Loneliest Place

 

How to Escape a Black Hole, 2016, 8:07
directed by Julia Oldham
4-channel video installation

How to Escape a Black Hole is a 4-channel journey into the cosmos in which a wall-sized floating head leads her viewers into a light trance and then toward a black hole at the center of the galaxy. Along the way, her spirit animal Astrolotl creates an environment of relaxation geared toward those who experience ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or a euphoric and tingling experience in the head and back caused by various sensory stimuli). Drawing from YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis, meditation and ASMR videos, Oldham builds an experiential piece that blends internet-based new age and self-help culture with a physics lesson in a virtual planetarium.