In the first phase, we primarily work with performance. These events are not considered to be end-results but temporary condensations that work as catalysts for new ideas beyond the boundaries of scientific and artistic work.
We organize workshops and lectures to educate and connect with people as well as starting collaborations on many aspects of the project - from artistic ideas to technology and software development.
Part of our work consists of developing hardware and software technology as tools to connect art, science and music. The EEGsynth project started with a simple idea that has been around since the mid 1960s, with Music for Solo Performer by Alvin Lucier probably being the first example. Brain, heart and muscle activity are measured and transformed into sound using modular synthesizers. We take advantage of the fact that brain-computer interfaces have recently become more affordable, opening new avenues for new research into the human condition and new forms of artistic expressions. The hardware and software of the EEGsynth is developed according to open-source practices and shared freely, thus building an multidisciplinary community of people interested in exploring the relationship between the mind, brain and music in a live hands-on way. With us on this journey is neuroscience engineer Prof. Robert Oostenveld, principal developer of FieldTrip, the open-source MATLAB analysis toolbox. Without him, the EEGsynth would not be as innovative and ambitious as it is now.
1+1=3 is an artistic collaboration between Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner, Samon Takahashi and Stephen Whitmarsh. Our starting point is the willingness to allow other to appropriate one’s practice and knowledge-base, and to look at one’s own practice through the eyes of others.
Per Hüttner is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm and Paris. He was trained at Konsthögskolan, Stockholm and at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He has shown extensively in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. Solo exhibitions include “>unkown” at Zendai Contemporary in Shanghai, “Repetitive Time” at Göteborgs konstmuseum, and “I am a Curator” at Chisenhale Gallery in London. Participation in group shows include Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Hayward Gallery in London, MACBA in Barcelona and he has performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Pinacoteca and the Venice Biennial. A dozen monographs on the artists work have been published in the last decade. Hüttner is the founder and director of the Vision Forum, an international experimental research network.
Samon Takahashi is a French visual artist and musician. He lives and works in Paris. He has previously exhibited at e.g. the Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), Laxart (Los Angeles), ICA (London), De Vleeshal (Middelburg), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Spiral Wacoal Art Center (Tokyo), CNEAI (Chatou), and MNAC (Bucharest). He is a founding member of the mobile laboratory OuUnPo since 2009, a founding member of the improvised music band GOL since 1989 and is hosting the radio show Epsilonia on Radio Libertaire (Paris) since 1993.
Jean-Louis Huhta is a Copenhagen-based artist, composer, musician and DJ. He studied at the Electronic music studios EMS in Stockholm and Sound art at STDH. He specializes in electronic music, percussion, improvisation and experimental modular synthesizer performances. He has been a part of the world of techno and acid since the early 90’s. He has composed for contemporary dance, film and theatre and performed around the world solo and with various projects. He participated in the The Gothenburg Biennal (2013) and the Ghetto Biennal Haiti (2013). Current musical projects are Dungeon Acid, The Skull Defekts, Ocsid, Brommage Dub and High Boys. Record labels include FitSound Detroit, Huhta Home studios, Ideal Recordings and Zodiac.
Stephen Whitmarsh is a Paris-based neuroscientist, born in the Netherlands. He obtained his MSc in experimental psychology at the University of Amsterdam (NL), his PhD in neuroscience at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (NL), and his MA in Art and Media Production at Linköping University (SWE). He has been part of the art collective Ouunpo since its conception in 2009, organizing its 6th session in Amsterdam (2010) and 14nth session in Stockholm (2014). He created art-science performances at Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Spiral Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He initiated and develops the EEGsynth open-source software for Brain-Computer-Music-Interfaces
1+1=3 is a collaborative, open-source, non-commercial project. Thankfully, we receive cultural and scientific support.