Thilo Hinterberger
Brief description of the work:
Two dancers improvise movement in real-time to their own sonified brain signals
Materials, dimensions, duration:
EEG sensors, digitizers, wireless network, sound equipment, programming
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Erlanger Hšrkunstfestival, Germany 2005; at University of Northampton 2006
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The audience observes the feedback loop
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Linked to University of Northampton
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Intense engagement with a body; listening feeds into improvisation; immersive play
Further context:
"Braindance is realised by a dancer wearing a portable EEG amplifier, which sends the brain signal to a computer for sonification. By presenting the live sonifications of selected brain rhythms to the dancers they can empathise with those rhythms and interact with them in a closed feedback loop. A braindance performance is an artistic presentation of the hidden harmonic and chaotic spiritedness of our brain by sound and dance."
(Hinterberger online)