It Invaded. And it was Merciless. by Maryland Institute College of Art

Can sound and visuals be used in tandem to accurately convey what chronic migraines feel like to someone who has never had the experience? What can a migraine look like? Sound
like? Is there a common ground to be found via communicating with the sensory modalities that enable effective presentation of the subjective concepts of emotion, pain, and the perception of time? After self-reflection and observation, will relating to others be more meaningful?

This project is not only an attempt to process and lament the hours I lost to chronic pain, but to reclaim autonomy over self, time, and the “Merciless Intruder” that took residence in my body five years ago. This project is a representation of my mind, a sort of non-place that, due to chronic migraines, is simultaneously always and never my home.

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