OUTSHIFT is Rachel Henson and sometimes Neil Manuell
Rachel's practice is based on exploratory walking and how it gives rise to altered states of attention. She uses photo animation and moving-image to make located experiences about how we perceive, interpret and navigate locations. She asks people to view her work in the place it was filmed, often in a way that it involves their physicality. Work includes sets of paper flick books as point-of-view navigation tools, mutoscopes installed in situ as hand-cranked augmented-reality, and an optical device that plays with our visual perception.
She's been commissioned by festivals in the UK and abroad, and for natural and heritage organisations (National Trust and Natural England), and had residencies at Fabrica, The Basement, Blast Theory and Lighthouse.
She works with Neil Manuell, a senior developer currently working in UI systems for AAA console games. He has created an app allowing users to interact with moving-image sequences frame-by-frame, a Kinect hack where viewers trigger moving-image by walking towards and away from a projection and a haptic navigation device worn against the chest as a direction-sensitive heartbeat.