16 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2011

A symposium on EEG (and biofeedback) for the Arts

With the emergence of affordable EEG devices and other biofeedback sensors for the health and game industry, we see more and more artists inspired by these promising technologies in which they imagine the possibility of measuring one’s emotions.

From the very early experiment of Alvin Lucier and David Rosenboom to the latest art projects using fashionable EEG headsets, the question remains open: what do our brainwaves tell us? And furthermore, how can they be used by artists, at present and in the future?

During this 3 days symposium+showcase, we will attempt to explore the potential of EEG and biofeedback for artistic purpose by comparing and discussing various technologies and projects at the cross-road of Art and Science.

With: Peter Beyls, Prof. Marc Van Hulle (Mind Speller), Christophe De Boeck (Staalhemel), Thierry Castermans (Numediart), Mattia Casalegno & Enzo Varriale (Unstable Empathy), Alexis Chazard (Post traumatic voyager), Kiel Long (The static organ), Luciana Haill (IBVA), Valery Vermeulen (EMO-Synth)


Friday 16 September 2011
10:00-18:00 | Symposium EEG (and biofeedback) for the Arts
18:00-22:30 | Opening exhibition + A/V concert

Saturday 17 September 2011
12:00-18:00 | EEG workshop
12:00-20:00 | Exhibition
20:30-22:30 | A/V concert

Sunday 18 September 2011
12:00-18:00 | EEG workshop
12:00-18:00 | Exhibition

EEG (and Biofeedback) for the Arts: Symposium
Friday 16 September 2011 – 10:00-17:00

This one-day symposium gathers artists, scientists and academics to discuss the use of EEG and biofeedback in the field of Art. Through this exchange around artistic intentions and technology, we hope to shed light on the possibilities and illusions emerging from our brain waves.

EEG (and Biofeedback) for the Arts: Workshop

A hands-on workshop about neuro-technology and art, with a focus on the Emotiv software and hardware. This workshop led by Mattia Casalegno and Enzo Varriale will start with an introduction on EEG signal and how it can be manipulated to perform different kinds of data visualizations and sonifications. They wlll subsequently introduce different techniques and protocols to design real-time EEG-based interfaces. As exemple they will present their seminal audiovisual performace Sounds of Complexity (2005) their most recent EEG based installation Unstable Empathy (2010).

During the workshop we will present the Emotiv SDK and hardware, and demonstrate how to interface it with the Max/Msp/Jitter, VVVV and Processing environments. During the second part of the workshop, participants will design their own audiovisual tools to interface with the Emotiv technology (basic knowledge of max/msp/jitter, VVVV or Processing required).

Saturday 17th September (12:00-18:00)

– introduction to EEG signal
– beta, alpha, delta, theta waves
– sampling and digitalization of EEG signals
– real-time data protocols
– design interfaces for EEG-based media art projects
– Sounds of Complexity: audio-visualizing brain- waves in real-time
– Unstable Empathy: building intimate relationships with EEG technology
– introduction to Emotiv software and hardware
– Emotiv SDK and OSC protocol
– interfacing with max/msp, VVVV and Processing – Basic sonification

Sunday 18th September (12:00-18:00)

– Build your own neuro-based audiovisual tools: videomixers and videosequencers with Emotiv