Mesmerica is a speculative project that explores the concept of mesmerism in the context of modern society. Inspired by the historical practice of mesmerism, the project reimagines contemporary Mesmer's baquet constructed using wood and transparent plexiglass. The baquet is equipped with LED lights, and a pair of gloves is integrated into the setup. These gloves are designed with built-in magnets and a hall magnetic sensor, which is connected to the electronics within the baquet.
The main objective of Mesmerica is to investigate the impact of magnetic forces on interpersonal dynamics. By visualizing the otherwise invisible magnetic forces, the project generates dynamic graphics that correspond to the interaction of magnets within the gloves.
This visualization serves as a representation of the dance of magnetic forces and its influence on the relationship between two individuals. The project can be utilized in various scenarios, such as between two individuals, personal introspection or in the context of a mesmerist and their patient.As a speculative endeavor, Mesmerica aims to anticipate the future of human magnetic connection in everyday life. It also raises thought-provoking questions about the relevance and significance of mesmerism techniques in the present day. By merging technology, art, and psychology, the project offers a unique exploration of the potential future developments in human connection and the role of magnetic forces within these interactions.
Darija Barbarić was born in 2000. in Zagreb, Darija enrolled in the School of Design program at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb after completing the V. Gymnasium. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. Continuing her education, she pursued a Master's degree in Industrial Design within the School of Design program.