Bats in
the Belfry

Polymediale Ponyhof, Berlin
48 Stunden Neukölln

- 2022

How accurate is our spatial memory?

Provided with all the necessary tools, could we satisfactorily construct a digital simulation of a space we have physically experienced? If so, what nuances of that space would be lost in the process and how might we better develop our spatial strategies in the future using VR?

Bats in the Belfry is a Virtual Reality workshop that will be presented during 48 Stunden Neukölln in 2022 at Polymedialer Ponyhof, Berlin.

Participants in this workshop will have one task only: to create a digital simulation of the geographical space of Berlin. This process will be accumulative, growing with each new participant over the course of the festival.

'Bats in the belfry' is an English idiom used to describe a wild, eccentric or nonsensical person. Here, we ascribe manic thoughts the living embodiment of bats (mostly blind and yet excellent navigators) and confine the human brain to the architectural structure of a bell tower (a place to survey the landscape and send warning).

During this workshop, the digital simulation of Berlin we create using VR headsets will be our belfry. Over the festival weekend, as many bats as possible are welcome inside to navigate the space we create.

‘Bats in the Belfry’ Workshop Poster

"Virtual Reality Demo" by National Institutes of Health (NIH)