Wave UFO
Mariko Mori
Brief description of the work:
Immersive interactive installation that visualised participants' brain waves as graphhic symbols and colours
Materials, dimensions, duration:
11 m long pod with ElectroEncephaloGraphic sensors projection facility for light and image display
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):

The work was custom-built in Turin in an automobile factory, premiered at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, March 2003
and exhibited at the Public Art Fund in New York May 8 - August 8, 2003

Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Three viewers at a time watch a projection on the ceiling. Each viewer is wearing electrodes, which gather brainwave data. This information is transformed into visual imagery and projected onto the screen.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Wave UFO was also shown at the Venice Art Biennale
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Intense engagement with a body; observing externalised internal processes; immersive play
Further context:
The display shows "six undulating bio-amorphous cells that represent the left and right lobes of each of the three participants' brains. A waving line moves in correspondence with blinks and other facial movements. The forms change shape and color in response to three types of brainwaves. Alpha (blue) waves indicate wakeful relaxation, Beta (pink) waves indicate alertness or agitation, and Theta (yellow) waves indicate a dreamlike state. Two cells coming together demonstrate "coherence" between the two lobes of the brain. Mental functions such as thinking in other languages or doing math problems immediately transform the characteristics of the graphics." (Mori online)