BrainDance explores a futuristic scenario of non-verbal emotional communication via images, light and sound in a telepathy-like conversation between two dancers augmented by some viewers from the audience that we call neuromediators. Dancers and neuromediators are equipped with wireless brain monitoring devices of different complexity. The emotional dialogue will be initiated between dancers influenced by neuromediators. The emotional states of each dancer and the neuromediators' collective emotional state will be translated into an audio-visual language shown on multiple video screens.
What happens when art, technology and neuroscience meet on stage? Can we create something completely new and different from what we expect from theatre now? NeuroTheatre Collective invites spectators to participate in a unique experience of non-verbal communication led by future cyber-enhanced humans. Their emotions, triggered by their specific personality and expressed in dance improvisation together with brain-computer interface technologies, will capture you in Demultiplexia. For this project, NeuroTheatre Collective has involved different artistic and scientific minds including Aleksander Väljamäe from HCI group at Tallinn University, BrainHack project media artists Yuri Didevich and Alberto Novello from Fine5 DanceTheatre, Rene Nõmmik, Tiina Ollesk and Simo Kruusement, Brain-Computer Interface company g.tec, Kristel Laur from Ikkun Creative Studio and other international experts.
During the hackathon we will be exploring two subprojects related to the neurotheatre performance "Demultiplexia". First, we would like to develop a neurofeedback tool allowing dancers to explore movement/emotional patterns detectable via EEG. Second, we will explore what paradigms are most efficient when having a collective brain interactive setup, e.g. 5 people with Muse watching or listening to music/video
"sound or visual artist/designer, Max MSP; artist working with AI and machine learning (short-term residency possibility); a person interested in research in neurochoreography and somatic practices (short-term residency possibility), skills in EEG analysis"