Global Mind Project

Global Mind Project

An arts & science initiative for creative exploration and presentation of art generated from brainwaves. It is the brain child of Karen Casey, who together with software developer Harry Sokol, are the founders and principle members of this ongoing project, involving  other artists and musicians with performances and live events. Global Mind Project is the continuation of ‘Art of Mind’,  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

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Global Mind Project was officially launched in 2010 with Spectacle of the Mind, a live performance event at Federation Square, Melbourne. Renowned performance artists Jill Orr, Stelarc and Dominico De Clario responded to the notion of mind in their own uniquely individual ways. Each of the artists wore a wireless EEG headset monitor, allowing their brainwaves to control and manipulate the screen visualisations and audio.

Photography: Malcolm Cross & Brecon Walsh


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. 

Synaesthesia Festival

MONA Museum of Old & New Art

Global Mind Project & David Dolan with ANAM quartet

Global Mind Project & David Dolan with ANAM quartet

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.