the decelerator – a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast
the ‘decelerator helmet’ by german artist lorenz potthast offers an experimental approach to an essential subject of our
globalized world. the technical reproducible senses are consigned to an apparatus which allows the user to perceive the world
in slow motion. the stream of time as an apparently invariant constant is broken and subjected under the users control.
processed by a small computer, the helmet uses a video-signal of a camera to slow down the stream seen via a head-mounted
display and simultaneously shown at a monitor on the outside. the idea to decouple the personal perception from the natural
timing enables the user to get aware about his own relationship to time. working as a ‘reflection-bubble, the helmet bridges
relations between sensory perception, while disrupting the environment.
the technique of the decelerator extends the awareness of time and transforms the concept of present in a constructed,
artificial state. on a different level, it dramatically visualizes how slowing down under all circumstances causes a loss
of actuality and as idea is inconsistent with our surrroundings.
it filters and slows down the perception of the environment
the helmet offers a experimental approach to an essential subject of our globalized world
the user can move between three different modes via a remote control
a display on the outside illustrates the function of the helmet for outsiders
the helmet separates your personal perception from the natural timing
the design dramatically visualizes how slowing down can potentially cause a loss of the present
a schematical view of the helmet
inside view of the helmet
the decelerator intervenes on your natural senses
the aluminium sphere works as a reflective bubble – forcing you to think about your own relationship to time