Global Mind Project is the continuation of ‘Art of Mind’, a project initiated in 2004 following research conducted at the Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University, Melbourne. In partnership with software designer Harry Sokol, a custom video effects software VisEEG was developed specifically for the project, evolving over time to be able to generate real time audiovisual effects from live and pre-recorded EEG data, in a variety of contexts both in gallery situations and live performance.
Federation Square, Melbourne
National New Media Art Award – Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art
Dreamzone was developed specifically for the invitation National New Media Art Award. It was an entirely generative artwork with both the visuals and sound being generated directly through the software using a prerecorded sequence of my Theta brainwaves. The brainwaves were obtained in a neurofeedback process, whereby the data was being recording as I was observing my mind generating the imagery. The sound was also produced through EEG triggered audio samples and sounds. The program ran continuously for the three month duration of the exhibition, with an algorithm ensuring that the sequence did not repeat and remained completely random.
This project was a collaboration for Synaesthesia festival at MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania in 2014.
Global mind project worked directly with international pianist David Dolan and a string quartet from the Australian National Academy of Music to develop visual programming for EEG generated video to accompany live music recitals. During several performances the musicians wore wireless EEG headsets that relayed their brainwave data to the visEEG system, which was in turn outputted as video effects on the theatre screen.
An additional performance-meditation with musician Brian Rithchie explored the possibility of maintaining mental connection through meditation. This was demonstrated through onscreen visuals, designed to responded accordingly when they were exhibiting synchronistic brainwave activity.