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Consciousness arises when God is silent

Bingkun Liu

“Consciousness arises when God is silent.”

Julian Jaynes is an American psychologist. He studied at Harvard University and studied undergraduate at McGill University. He later received his master's and doctorate degrees from Yale University. One of his very important theories is the bicameral system of mind. He believes that the mind is divided into two hemispheres, the right brain is responsible for speaking, and the left brain is responsible for understanding, receiving and acting. And all their actions are only guided by the phantom sound of one side's mind behind the other side's "speaking". This hallucinatory voice is also called inner monologue.

When people step into the maze, they have no reference. What solves the maze itself is our own sense, the feeling comes from the person himself. The Sensory Museum is an exhibition of people themselves. In the maze, people can perceive their own feelings and observe the feelings of others, asking yourself or can also spy on others. In this process, people's bicameral system of mind began to magnify, and people began to follow what they saw, heard, heard, and felt. And these constitute people's consciousness. At this time, "God" was silent, and people's own consciousness appeared.

The project is located on a promontory near Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Iceland is located in a high latitude area, the annual night time is very long. Therefore, the psychological problems of residents here frequently occur. I hope that building a perception museum here will allow residents to perceive their own perceptions and the perceptions of others, thereby reducing the mental illness rate of residents here.

The maze magnifies people's intuition, and people rely on their senses to build their own intuition. When people step into this sensory museum-- the maze, the concave-convex outer wall becomes the only way to guide their senses. The outer wall near the periphery is very smooth, and the wall near the center has a greater tendency to fold. This kind of deformation can guide people's vision, and the reflection of sound on walls with different concavities and convexities is different. On a promontory with coastline on three sides, the closer the audience is to the center, the quieter the sound they hear, because the wall completely shatters the reflected sound. The gaps between the folded brick walls are getting bigger and bigger, allowing more internal light to pass through. Therefore, when entering the maze, people rely on sight, hearing and light to enter the center of the maze.

On the first floor of the museum, in addition to the maze, there is a huge X-shaped shortcut across the bottom of the building. This shortcut connects public spaces such as employee offices, toilets and storage rooms. The audience can either step into the maze or into a shortcut to directly enter the upper floors or interior of the building.

When people step into the building, its bionic interior design echoes the local volcanic landscape of Iceland and local cultural legends. The first floor of the museum has permanent exhibitions and public supporting facilities, as well as staff office and rest areas. Exhibits mainly include psychological literature materials and film and television materials. A large number of public areas here accommodate the free activities of the spectators and provide a platform for continuing to observe each other's performance in the inner maze. The second floor of the museum is an open space for temporary exhibitions and events. Just like the maze outside, the audience can follow the wall changes to guide them into the central area, although they climb the stairs to reach the maze on the roof.

When people walk into the center of the maze, people can follow the stairs to enter the roof. The people who are still in the maze can be observed on the roof. At this time, for the people on the roof, the people in the maze become the exhibits of the museum of senses. However, the person on the roof is also in another maze, so it is still an exhibit of the sensory museum.

The entire maze, the sensory museum is designed to amplify people's own senses, so that every visitor who walks into the museum becomes his own exhibit and the exhibit of others, also people can observe others again. This is the meaning of the maze, the sensory museum.

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