The Light In All of Us

Mentorship & Guidance

Emilie Baltz


Direction, Photography, Production, Scripting, Technology & Video Editing

Directors of Photography

Joshua Corn & LFC Enterprises LLC

Special Thanks

Adam K. Fujita, Karen Vellensky & Julia Lindpainter

Solace is an interactive, audio visual experience designed by Oscar de la Hera that allowed individuals to practice contemplative meditation. For this experience, the individuals got changed into an outfit with the purpose of making individuals 'shift' both physically and mentally, allowing them to experience life in a different way. Additionally, Solace is outfit included a wearable which was connected to the lamp using an iPhone and made use of an algorithm, which converted their breathing into light, offering them a greater mind-body connection.
As part of the experience, Oscar interviewed the individuals with the purpose of learning about their experience and how it would effect them in the future. From the interviews, Oscar learned that the light was very impactful and helped them breath more and deeply, and through the light, could note visually notice the physical benefit that it brought to them. Additionally, the interviews demonstrated to Oscar that Solace brought individuals a moment of peace and enabled them to free the mind and enjoy the moment. Finally, individuals stated that the experience would make them be more conscious of the way they breath on their day to day as they walk through the streets.
Before leaving, Oscar and his team gave each participant a link to a breathing excercise to allow them to practice Solace in any location. This breathing excercise was based on resonant breathing, which has been known to produce a high-amplitude oscillation in any system [1,2]. Furthermore, when this definition is applied to breathing, it suggests that resonant breathing is a phenomenon that produces the highest amplitudes of blood pressure oscillation.

According to the literature, resonance occurs in the cardiovascular system at approximately 0.1 Hz and has been proven to have very little variability across a wide range of human beings [2,3,4,5,6,7]. In particular, the designer would like to expand on resonant breathing biofeedback, which is the vision behind the breathing exercise. According to the literature, 'resonant breathing biofeedback' is a form of 'heart rate variability biofeedback' (HRVB) and “works by teaching individuals how to recognize their involuntary heart rate variability and to control patterns by psychological means” (Purwandini Sutarto et al, 2012) [1].

Furthermore, HRVB has been succesfully used to treat a variety of disorders, as well as for performance enhancement [1,8]. Furthermore, the literature informed the designer that individuals with low heart rate variable have generally impaired function, such as physically [2,9,10] or emotionally [2,11,12,13,14] sickness. and wWhen greatly physically compromised, these individuals are at a greater risk of dying [2,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25]. Finally, according to Purwandini Sutarto et al. (2012), Results from experiments on individuals whom practiced resonant breathing indicate that depression, anxiety and stress are significantly decreased [1].


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