Hack the Brain Dublin - Meet the Artists

As part of the programme of Hack the Brain Dublin, meet Dutch artists Lancel/Maat, as well as Marco Donnarumma, winner of the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Sound Art.

Lancel/Maat (http://www.lancelmaat.nl/) are artists researching social-technological systems in the merging realities of our networked society. In Meeting Places and Meeting Rituals, the artists deconstruct and connect automated control technologies (such as surveillance, social media, self-quantifying biometric technologies and brain computer interfaces) to intimate, embodied, sensory and aesthetic perception of social proximity. Invited as co-researchers in ‘artistic social labs’, the public experiences digital synesthetic ‘trust systems’.
In their recent work E.E.G. KISS they explore the questions: 'Can I kiss you online? How does your kiss feel in E.E.G. data? Can we transfer a kiss and it’s intimacy online? Can we measure a kiss and what kissers feel together? Do we want to save our private kisses in a transparent database — to be used by others?'
In the E.E.G. KISS performance installation,  the artists investigate how a kiss can be translated into bio-feedback data. They deconstruct the kiss, to reconstruct a new, digital synesthetic kissing ritual for a Global Kiss-In, in which all participants — both kissers and spectators — feel, see, hear, touch and experience a communal kiss. The artists: "Tele-presence technologies extend our bodies beyond biological boundaries in time and space, but they prevent us from touching. In a poetic, electric environment for kissing and measuring, for synchronising and merging, we research a communal neuro-feedback system for networked kissing."

Marco Donnarumma (http://marcodonnarumma.com/) A unique presence across contemporary performance and media art, Marco Donnarumma distinguishes himself by his use of emerging technology to deliver artworks that are at once intimate and powerful, oneiric and uncompromising, sensual and confrontational. Working with biotechnology, biophysical sensing, as well as artificial intelligence and neurorobotics, Donnarumma expresses the visionary nature of the body with a new and unsettling intensity. He is renowned for his focus on sound, whose physicality and depth he exploits to create experiences of instability, awe, shock and entrainment.
In over a decade of practice Donnarumma has developed a deeply transdisciplinary expertise, drawing equally from live art, music, biological science, computation and cultural studies. He holds a Ph.D. in performing arts, computing and body theory from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts in partnership with the Neurorobotics Research Lab Berlin.
His writings on body, music, technology and performance studies are published by MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge and Springer, and his artworks received several awards, including the Award of Distinction in Sound Art at the Prix Ars Electronica (2017), the first prize at the Cynetart Award for Computer Based Art (2014), the second prize at TransitioMX Award for New Media Art (2013), and the first prize at the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition (2012), among others.

Partners & Sponsors
The BrainHack project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 686987. The project is supported by the FET Open initiative, which supports the early stages of science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. This project is part of the EU STARTS initiative.
BrainHack partner institutions: T.U. Delft (NL), Waag Society (NL), ArtShare (BE/PT), Santa Lucia (IT) and T.S.R. ACT (CZ).


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