I've never tried soaking in a sensory deprivation tank, but from what I understand, it transports your mind to a place free of the daily stresses of life. The lightless, soundproof isolation chamber in which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature puts the body in a deeply relaxed state. Researchers have found isolation tanks ideal for treating health problems like anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and jet lag.
That kind of experience is the closest thing I can think of to describe what I felt while watching J-Walt's new show, "The Omnicentric Universe: A Spontaneous Fantasia." Taking place the last Saturday of every month this summer at GCC's Planetarium, it's a mind-bending artistic invention that raises you to a higher consciousness without using expensive tanks or psychoactive drugs. You simply wait for the seats in the theater to recline, and the images do the rest.
Created in real time by the one-man orchestra that is J-Walt, "Spontaneous Fantasia" is the term he uses to describe his live 3-D computer animation performances. J-Walt draws with his left hand while manipulating myriad wireless joystick controls to "fly through space" with his right hand. The objects, scenes and figures are created on the spot and then manipulated in a slightly different way every single time through each song.