final abstract_MS Awareness_Jillian Cross

My installation uses art and technology to promote awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. A user will put on a headset that induce safe and temporary spots in the brain to imitate the lesions caused by MS. The user will go through stages of MS from early to severe. Then, the effects of a test medicine are implemented into the brain so the user can feel firsthand the benefits of this medicine. This is to encourage funding for the medicine. While people will be experiencing the physical effects through the headset, images and sounds will be projected in the room for more viewers. Images and videos will accompany the sounds. Since many sufferers of MS do not exhibit visible symptoms, this will help people get a firsthand experience into the disease.

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