Unzen Hole – Zantidote

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Text: Mantis Kane Illustration: David Foldvari From Zantidote

The wellbeing industry is on the very precipice of its own remit. A new invention is being marketed as a ‘time-out’ from the usual methodology – the yoga, the meditation, the activated sprouts – with a contrarian approach that subjects the user to a burst of extreme stress.

Unzen Hole - Zantidote

Unzen Hole – Illustration David Foldvari

The UnZen Hole is a walk-in-head-chamber that encases the user from the neck upwards. Once in, an assault of the senses is activated. Firstly, a noxious blast of ammonium disorientates. Then comes a kaleidoscope of contrasting visuals: kids television, terrorist footage, The Queen’s speech and German 1980’s soft porn are shuttered schizophrenically. The soundtrack is a dyslexic barrage of Dutch gabba, Christmas carols and ascending monkeys mating calls – crescendoing with ear curdling white noise.

The programme lasts one minute, in which time stress hormones skyrocket to near-fatal levels. Once over, the user enters into a relief state. Saturated with endorphins and adrenaline, the effect of surviving a near-death experience stabilises in a waterfall of serenity.

Installation of your very own UnZen Hole will be subsidised by local governments. There are also plans for decommissioned telephone booths to be converted into public UnZen Holes – small community de-stressing portals.

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