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EYEteleporter // periscopic mask that displaces your eyesight. A tweak to your vision and body image.
EYEteleporter // periscopic mask that displaces your eyesight. A tweak to your vision and body image.
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People play with and find uses for periscopes already from the Gutenberg era. Some used it in wars, some seriously struggled to market it as useful for civic lives. Some made periscopes their secret tools for "magic" shows.

After reading the enchanting works of Oliver Sacks and V.S.Ramachandran, we became more and more interested in the ways one could feel the unusual conditions people experience with altered or removed, or just different perception organs. And from the works of George Maciunas, father of Fluxus art, we got the inspiration to realise, materialise the "weird" ideas that spring from our curiosity.

Since we were playing with do-it-yourself periscope toys from the time we were kids already (like many other people), on one inspiring day of our adult lives we decided to revive this little bit forgotten craft and see if there is something more to it than we saw being kids. And, since we were inspired to look for, we found something more. Found our hands operating in weird places, eyes disagreeing with brains, amusing proprioceptive experiences.

And so our models of periscopes that we called EyeTeleporters were born. Our goal while designing it was to make it convenient for play for a long time. Also – to look beautiful and weird externally, which was not neccesary but preferable.

Now we have two models of EyeTeleporters that we'd like to share with you – EyeTeleporter Mask and EyeTeleporter Scooter.

We offer you the complete Eyeteleporter Mask as a reward in exchange for your support of the development of Eyeteleporter Scooter, which is much bigger and more costly to develop.

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The EYEteleporter mask is transformable into three modes for different points of view:

1. View point of your belly. Visual displacement is reinforced by being able to see your hands operating in places they should not be.

2. View point way above your head. You feel too tall. Makes soome people weak in the knees.

3. View point way above your head, backwards and upside down... Your ceiling changes places with floor. Trippy.

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The EyeTeleporter mask is made of high grammage corrugated cardboard, two mirrors – one convex, another flat (the mirrors are acrylic, non-breakable, safe to play with), some wood and a little bit of elastic band.

The mask will come fully assembled, ready for visual explorations.

All EyeTeleporter masks will be numbered. You will know how many there were before you. And we'll find ways of informing you of how many will be there after you.


Why do we need your help?

First, EYEteleporter masks need some finishing touches which can be done only when we get the custom-produced mirrors. The production of mirrors is costly and it will only be possible with your help.  

Our second main goal in Kickstarter is to let our mirror explorations go further. If our Kickstarter goal is reached, we will be able to further develop our EyeTeleporter Scooter, a device that teleports your eyes to the level of your ankles and doubles your riding speed feeling. The EyeTeleporter Scooter is already great fun even in its conceptual stage, but needs more work and finance to get the most pleasure and awe of it.

We would like to develop an original chassis for the EyeTeleporter Scooter and combine it with... yes, cardboard. Honeycomb cardboard:

It is not the only material available, but it is the one we really want to explore. Honeycomb cardboard is very sturdy and since we already have worked with it, we have no doubts about its suitability. Also we like the surprise factor that this material carries to our engineering adventure.

We think Kickstarter is the best option for us in order to stay in creative flux by avoiding the inhibiting (and vaguely imaginable) activities of usual commercializing of the EyeTeleporters.

Thanks for the help:

Julius, Mindaugas Bonanu (bonanu.net), Elma, Paul Nevermind (paulnevermind.blogas.lt), Arturas (www.artmor.lt), Andrius (POST gallery), Egle Ne.

Thanks for the music in the video: "Cloud Fight 2" by Monroeville Music Center http://monroevillemusiccenter.blogspot.com

Risks and challenges

The main risk is timely production of mirrors, that is the only thing not produced locally. All other things we will do ourselves, or know the perfect producers with which we work for some time already and are confident about them.

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    Fold-it-yourself Mini EYEteleporter. Decorated with a fresh Fluxus thought.

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    Hand-drawn t-shirt.
    Pick one of the EYEteleporter animals and Aurimas will draw it with a textile marker by hand on a cotton t-shirt.

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    // For Early Birds:
    EYEteleporter mask.
    Numbered with a special 50 edition font.

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    EYETELEPORTAUR! The furry mask
    (artificial fur). Hand-made by Mickey.

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    Be the patron and owner of the EYEteleporter SCOOTER!
    We will customize it according to your height, weight, your mood and the scenery where you plan to ride it.

    Plus £200 worldwide shipping.

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