Can you sync your brain activity with someone else’s? Does that mean you’re compatible? Find out at the live demonstration of Brain Date, a brain computer interface (BCI) game and the second event in our ongoing series on the brain.
Bring your thinking caps. After an introduction to the latest in BCI technology, willing participants don electrodes that measure brain activity in response to images, video, and sound. They then try to match their own brain waves to a neighbor’s using thought alone.
Inspired by speed dating, Brain Date arises from the creative minds of the Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain, Maybites, and visual art collective Projektil.
With support from Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council
6:30 pm doors open
7:00 pm presentation, demo, and Q&A
8:30 pm reception
9:30 pm doors close
Martin Inderbitzin is a neuroscientist working in the Synthetic Perceptive Emotive Cognitive Systems Group at the University Pompeu Frabra in Barcelona. His research addresses the understanding of social behavior in mixed virtual reality spaces and the phenomenon of human interaction with autonomous humanoid robotic agents. He is constructing computational models of emotions and applying them to interactive real-world agents.
His artistic work focuses on the usability of new interactive technologies like brain computer interfaces or large-scale responsive architectural constructions. NEOPLASIA, an interactive pneumatic installation that compares the global urbanization developments with uncontrolled biological regulation processes, was a conceptual assignment in 2009.
Martin Fröhlich studied mechanical engineering and explored IT and the early age of the net before launching into the world of media art. He says that he considers himself, “a free inventor of things humanity hasn’t been asking for.” His most recent works include a moss printer, an innovation-driven device for printing moss onto house walls. Learn more about Martin Frölich’s initiative, Maybites.
Sylvain Le Groux is a researcher at the lab for Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) in Barcelona. He was trained as both an engineer and musician, and is fascinated by music, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience. He is the creator of SMuSe (the “Situated Music Server”), an interactive music composition system based on a biomimetic architecture, and uses SMuSe to address questions at the intersection of music perception, cognition, emotion and therapy. Sylvain is also a computer music / interaction designer for large scale multimedia performances, and can sometimes be seen improvising music involving guitar and laptop. More info.
Projektil is a visual artist collective formed 2004 and based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Barcelona, Spain. Projektil was founded to provide a creative platform for artists to collectively realize their ideas. The members of Projektil are Roman Beranek (Interaction Design), Jonas Staub (Interior Design), and Martin Inderbitzin (Computational Neuroinformatics).
Photo: Myleen Hollero