A Disconcerting Experience

We are Team Gaslighting - Charles Deluga, Karen Wang, and myself.

Our card sorting process:

We all were drawn to the narrative of starting the experience one way and having it take a surprise turn; a plot twist as it were. Because two of us had suggested alarm centered ideas, that was our starting point. We eventually settled on the following idea:

We are going to express what it feels like to question what is really  happening.

Based on our idea and our card sorting process, I individually made an idea collage:

We regrouped as, what else, a group and drew up the following concept map:

The word that triggered our ideas was "gaslighting" which was an approach we thought we could have a lot of fun with, particularly by designing a very sensory audio/visual piece and by requiring everybody to close their eyes. Once we settled on a faux guided meditation piece, we realized that what we were actually tackling was the disconcerting experience of questioning what is really happening and what is just being imagined in our heads. 

This is one of the least antagonistic, but still alienating, experiences that someone can experience. How do you explain that feeling? Why does feeling like we have imagined something make us doubt ourselves? By recreating this in a shared environment, it will be interesting to see how this somewhat isolating feeling will transform a group that is being forced to share it.  

Sriya Sarkar