In a recent study, ICT research showed that socially anxious people made more self-disclosure through virtual sessions compared with real human video interaction.
An artist friend recommended I download an app called Layer which allows users to find various items based upon augmented reality technology. Basically, you can view the real world around you with layers of artificial information through your smart phone. I found out that many artists are starting to use this technology to make outdoor sculptures in public places and install artwork inside established museums. This is all of course without any permission since nobody owns another person’s visual sensory. Take a look at this video below where artists, Sander Veenhof and Mark Skwarek, decided they would circumvent the traditional art world and host their own exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art using AR.
Augmented Reality (AR) used to be only utilized by big money Hollywood studios and viewed in the movies, but now anyone with a smart phone can experience this. And anyone with basic development knowledge can make their own AR objects.
Below is an old video (since 4 years old is like decades old in the tech world) about AR which I think shows the potential to be used in some way to help treat certain psychological disorders in the future. It can help others understand what it is like to experience hallucinations. And it can help people suffering phobias if exposure therapy is needed. Perhaps it can enable a child in an isolation unit to participate in group art therapy by layering real time video of an art therapy session in a studio. The possibility is endless!
As therapists, we are aware of the power of social networking and what consequences it may bring. Below are some articles that every therapists should read before posting an image, engaging in virtual contact with clients, googling our clients and reading/responding to emails from clients and their associates.
Asawa, P. (2009). “Art Therapists’ Emotional Reactions to the Demands of Technology.” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 26(2), 58-65.
Kapitan, L. (2007). “Will Art Therapy Cross the Digital Culture Divide?” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 24(2), 50-51.
Kapitan, L. (2009). “Introduction to the Special Issue on Art Therapy’s Response to Techno-Digital Culture.” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 26(2), 50-51.
Klorer, P. G. (2009). “The Effects of Technological Overload on Children: An Art Therapist’s Perspective.” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 26(2), 80-82.
Mihailidis, A., Blunsden, S., Boger J., Richards B., Zutis K., Young L., & Hoey J. (2010). “Towards the Development of a Technology for Art Therapy and Dementia: Definition of Needs and Design Constraints. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 37(4).
Orr, P. (2005). “Technology media: An Exploration for Inherent Qualities.” The Arts in Psychotherapy, 32(1), 1-11.
Peterson, B., Stovall, K., & Elkins, D. (2005). Art therapists and computer technology. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 22(3), 139-149.
Potash, Jordan S. (2009). “Fast Food Art, Talk Show Therapy: The Impact of Mass Media on Adolescent Art Therapy. ” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 26(2), 52-57.
Thong, S. A. (2007). “Redefining the Tools of Art Therapy.” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 24(2), 52-58.