Thursday, April 02, 2020: 9:00am - 8:00pm -

Tiffany Trenda, Tiffany Trenda, USA, Tiffany Trenda, Tiffany Trenda, USA

“Instead of AR/VR illustrating someone else’s experience by immersing you into their world, I want to capture the nuances of our own unique emotions and histories.” Amygdala is an interactive AR performance by artist Tiffany Trenda. It conceptually focuses on sexual assault. Trenda will wear a nude-colored leather suit and invite the public to interact by touching her body using an AR headset. The public using an HoloLens 1 or 2 can use their hand to have 3 virtual experiences. Amygdala is inspired by both sexual assault victims and the #metoo movement but also extends to anyone who has experienced trauma including war victims. The research is based off the book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk.

Book References

Kolk, Bessel van der. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Penguin Group, 2014.

Online References

Bambury, Steve. “In Their Shoes: VR for empathy.” VirtualiTeach, January 26, 2018,

Chatterjee, Rhitu. “A New Survey Finds 81 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment.” NPR February 21, 2018,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Preventing Sexual Violence.” CDC, March 12, 2019,

Duggan, Maeve. “Online Harassment 2017.” PEW Research Center, July 11, 2017,

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “Statistics About Sexual Violence.”