By utilising specific qualities of psychologically pleasing natural phenomena (ASMR and ‘Drunk Tank Pink’) as ‘alternative’ mental health therapies, this project explored the capacity for using existing urban infrastructures (specifically the London Underground Bakerloo Line) as a scaffold for self-treatment of transport induced anxiety. 

 

The built environment seamlessly accounts for those with physical disabilities without able-bodied members of society feeling inconvenienced. For example, active pavement at crossings aids the visually- impaired. Mental health can be equally disabling as a physical disability yet the built environment neglects to address or relieve this.

 

ASMR is a euphoric static-like cranial sensation, triggered by high-quality videos of mundane tasks, coupled with specific audio recordings of tapping and whispered voices, often recorded binaurally. Online, there is a growing dedicated community of ASMR users and creators, particularly within YouTube, many of whom testify the phenomena reduced anxiety and induces calm.

 

Drunk Tank Pink is a specific colour tone which emerged from phycological studies as proven to reduce anxious tendencies when it was painted on the walls of prisons. 

 

Working with renowned ASMR artist Toni Bomboni, the video seeks to induce this feeling of calm through high quality panning shots of the environment of a Bakerloo Line carriage with binaurally recorded audio, creating an associative link between architectures of the underground as architectures of calm. 

 

Project commissioned by Mind Charity’s Home and Communities Campaign. 

 

(Collaboration with Harriet Langford, Hayley Bruford, Imogen Piper, Aracha Rojanasingsawad)