MINDSCAPE is a metaphor of what we are becoming in this digital era. Like most people nowadays, the performer appears isolated and hooked up with a computer, her body connected to and surrounded by light wires, creating a distance between the own body and the environment, symbolising the desire to become a machine or cyborg that attaches artificial technologies to its own structure. The performer appears rigid on the stage, but her inner emotional states give continuously movement and transformation to the audiovisual environment.
In MINDSCAPE, the performer interacts with a light structure made by electroluminescent (EL) wires and sound via an EEG (Electroencephalogram) interface, which measures her brain waves, which create and control the light and sonic environment.
WEB-MINDSCAPE is an interactive installation joining diverse aspects, such as social network, sound, brainwaves and visual elements. It creates an immersive audiovisual environment, which is site-specific, where sound is diffused in surround, and the visual elements consist of light produced via electroluminescent wires (EL wires).
Visitors are invited to interact with the audiovisual environment (light and sound) by using a BCI interface, which reads their brain activity. Thereby, they are confronted to messages from a social network (in this case, Twitter). The tweet messages are turned into audible sound, and the computer measures thereafter the cerebral activity of the visitors, and analyses their emotional reactions to both the environment and the tweets, transforming this data into visual and audible signals, which reproduce how the inner of the subject is influenced by the outer environment and at the same time, having an impact on the installation’s audiovisual environment.
EL cables glare when applied to an alternating current (AC). Once the AC has been activated, the data from the visitor’s brain waves (via a BCI – Brain Computer Interface) takes control of the cables’ activation in different tempos. The sound section consists of a surround (octophonic) soundscape, which changes depending on the information coming from the BCI.
This installation was created in 2016 during an artist residence program at IK (Jan Van Muenster’s Foundation in Flushing) with the support of Mondriaan Funds and the Institute of Musicology – University of Cologne.
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-Installation for brain waves, tweets, octophonic sound and light –