“IRISIRIS is a set of looping online videos that corresponds to the eight phases of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. EMDR focuses on reprogramming the brain’s response to a traumatic event, changing how the event is stored, and reducing and eliminating problematic symptoms. By repetitively crossing the brain’s hemisphere with sound and images, EMDR attempts to heal and reform neural pathways formed by the event.
The eight videos in IRISIRIS use sound and imagery that are symmetrical and hypnotic: the sound pans from ear to ear, and the mirrored imagery moves from eye to eye, crossing and recrossing the brain’s center. Although the videos follow the eight phases of EMDR, they can be viewed in or out of order, with or without sound.”
Freeman, J. E. (2020, Jul 24). IRISIRIS [art video installation]. Jack Straw New Media Gallery.