This unsettling immersive binaural experience is inspired by a real medical condition which causes suffers to become gripped by the irrational but unshakeable belief that someone they know well, and love, has been replaced by an imposter or a demonic copy. The company behind it, Darkfield, are master manipulators. While you’re under their spell, the more you stare at the person sitting across the kitchen table from you the less like themselves they seem and the more unreal everything seems.
It is a troubling exercise in familiarity for two people sitting opposite each other on either side of a kitchen table, replicated in hundreds of rooms all across Australia over 20 minutes. DOUBLE explores the Capgras delusion, a terrifying condition in which the sufferer is convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an exact replica with malign intentions. There is only one rule: everyone has to be who they say they are. Under certain circumstances even the most unshakable and reliable truths can unravel, and untangling all the loose ends and rolling everything back onto the spool is sometimes too much to bear. So maybe we should exchange our ordinary illusions for other, wilder ones.... As the neuroscientist Anil Seth once said: “Reality is just an hallucination that we can all agree on.”