the decelerator   a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast the decelerator   a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast
nov 14, 2012

the decelerator a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast

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.



a video demonstrating the concept



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


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  • This would be great for witnessing an Earth-shattering kaboom.

    Danno says:
  • Won’t the person in the helmet get hurt?
    if there is a car going to crash on him

  • ’tis a bit ugly; you would need headphones that could cancel out the surrounding sound and playback the recording sound – otherwise the sense of ‘present’ is always ‘present’ through sound.

    Wilfred says:
  • this would be really cool to wear and walk around in even if it simply processed data in real time

    I was expecting Ringo Starr to show up in one of the pix

    dbkii says:
  • Is there a mode that sends out an electric pulse to zap any wanker punk kids who try to mess with you while wearing it?

    Travis says:

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