Concerts and lectures on mind-body-music transformations
29/05/2019 - 01/06/2019
Concerts and lectures on mind-body-music transformations
29/05/2019 - 01/06/2019
Transformation centers on transformations between music ↔ body, brain ↔ body, sound ↔ music, triggers ↔ events, matter ↔ energy, digital ↔ analogue. The events will move between underground experiences in R1 and sunny meetings at Trädgården, featuring seminal figures in experimental music, neuroscience and performance-art in cross-disciplinary dialogues and multimedia performances.
19:00 - 19:30 Introduction by Per Huttner & Stephen Whitmarsh
19:30 - 21:00 Performances by David Rosenboom & Atau Tanaka
Free entrance before 21:00 through Växthuset, Skansbron
16:00 - 16:30 Introduction by Per Huttner & Stephen Whitmarsh
16:30 - 17:30 Lecture by Severine Samson “What the neuroscience of music tells us about how our brain works”. Followed by Q&A
17:30 - 18:30 Lecture by Samon Takahashi about the social and artistic history of brain-wave music. Followed by Q&A
21:00 - 0?:00. Free entrance before 21:00 through Växthuset, Skansbron
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Sonja Tofik & Marlena Lampinen
11:00 - 12:00 Lecture by David Rosenboom on his seminal experiments with brainwave music. Followed by Q&A
12:00 - 14:00 Make music with your brain (Stephen Whitmarsh & Robert Oostenveld). Availability limited. Sign up on location.
20:00 - 21:00 Brainwave music by Samon Takahashi & Stephen Whitmarsh
21:00 - 22:00 Performance by Atau Tanaka, Ludvig Elblaus, Robert Oostenveld, and more…
David Rosenboom (US) is a composer-performer, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator, known as a pioneer in American experimental music. Since the 1960s David has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interfaces with the human nervous system. David is currently exploring ways to relate the dimensional complexity of large-scale cortical functions and the EEG to musical perception and the complexity of music listening environments.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's (US) work ranges from hypnotic solo modular synth and voice explorations as Lichens, to acting, composition for film and playing in Om. Lowe's music can bud from anything – an oscillator, a microphone, even from a pot plant using modular synthesizers. "They're interchangeable, and have the potential to be ever transforming. Each module has its own specific function, be it an audio source, or a modulation source, or a trigger or sequencing source. With the individual functions of these modules, there are patch points - there are ins and outs - be they audio or control voltage patch points. You then use patch cables, to route the signal, and from that the modules themselves begin a dialogue. I'd compare it how to human brain works: the human brain has synapses and signal paths, and it's all electricity-based. In that way it's a machine that mimics the human machine” (From: TheQuietus.com)
Atau Tanaka (UK) is a professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he bridges the fields of media art, experimental music, and research with sensor-based musical instruments for performance and exhibition. Atau conducts research in embodied musical interaction. This work takes place at the intersection of human computer interaction and gestural computer music performance. He studies our encounters with sound, be they in music or in the everyday, as a form of phenomenological experience. This includes the use of physiological sensing technologies, notably muscle tension in the electromyogram signal, and machine learning analysis of this complex, organic data. At the other extreme, he studies user experience through ethnographic methods of participatory design where activities of workshopping, scenario building, and structured brainstorming lead an understanding of a mediums affordances in bottom-up, emergent ways.
Séverine Samson (FR) is a cognitive neuropsychologist, professor of psychology at the University of Lille (FR), and in charge of the pre-surgical neuropsychological evaluation of epileptic patients at Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris. Her research focuses on the neurobiological bases of perception, memory and emotion using methods from cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, psychophysiology and neuroimaging. More specifically, she used music as a framework for understanding the functioning of human memory and emotions. This evolution has led her to experimentally investigate potential therapeutic applications of music in the rehabilitation of cognitive and affective disorders. She addresses her research questions by analysing different neuropathologies of epileptic, degenerative, developmental and sensory origin. The multi-disciplinary approach used combines clinical research with the experimental rigor of basic research, at the interface of art, science and cognition.
Jean-Louis Huhta (DK) 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. Part of the world of techno and acid since the early 90’s, he has also composed for contemporary dance, film and theatre.
Per Hüttner (SE) 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. A dozen monographs on the artist’s 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 (FR) is a French visual artist and musician. He is a founding member of the mobile laboratory OuUnPo since 2009, a founding member of the improvisation music band GOL since 1989, He also hosts the radio show Epsilonia on Radio Libertaire (Paris) since 1993.
Stephen Whitmarsh (FR) is a Paris-based neuroscientist and artist. His research methodology uses electrophysiological analyses of MEG, surface EEG and intercranial EEG. His artistic methodology centers on the EEGsynth and the organization of (international) art-science workshops, conferences and performances.
Robert Oostenveld (NL) is MEG Physicist at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His main interest is in developing novel methods for the analysis of MEG and EEG data with applications in cognitive neuroimaging. His scientific contributions include signal processing, source reconstruction, connectivity analysis and statistical analysis. He is a world-renowned authority on the methodological aspects of cognitive neuroimaging exemplified by his leadership in the development of the open-source analysis software FieldTrip. Robert is also the developer of EEGsynth hardware and software.
Ludvig Elblaus (SE) is an artist and researcher working primarily with computational materials to create acoustic and electronic music, sound art, audio-visual installations, museum exhibits as well as contributions to collaborative larger works, such as opera, theatre, and dance performances. He received his PhD at the Sound and Music Computing group at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In his artistic practice he explores generative complex systems, emergence, endless variation and stochastic processes. Materiality and crafting is also central to his work, as well as experiential aspects of very slow and drawn out temporal structures and deep listening.
Premiere modular live set by Stockholm based Kult Dopamin. Expect some intense acid moments!
On the release ‘Vilar i dina spår’ Sonja Tofik and Marlena Lampinen provided us with both collaborative tracks and own creations, ranging from taped melancholy synth melodies to gnawing pieces of malaise. Sonja and Marlena have both performed solo live-sets on many occassions, but for the first time since said release they are now doing a live performance together.
Transformation is organized by 1+1=3 in collaboration with Vision Forum
The project is supported by Musikverket, Stockholm Stad, the Nordic Culture Fund, Kulturbryggan and the Swedish Arts Council.
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The growth of musical art in any age is determined by the technological progress which parallels it. ... If we admit that the creative imagination of the composer may form musical ideas which, under the specific conditions of a given epoch, cannot be translated into sounds, we acknowledge a great dependence of the artist upon the technical position of his era, for music attains reality only through the process of sound.
Joseph Schillinger (1931), from: “Electricity, a Musical Liberator
Our goal is to develop the tools, the ideas and the knowledge to allow anyone to explore their own brain freely via music and EEG-sonification. We are not there yet, but we are building this future together by developing open-source software, organizing performances, lectures and workshops. Our work requires a committed team of professionals in music, psychology, neuroscience, art and engineering. We provide neither diagnostics, nor non-expert tools for EEG analysis.
Brain-computer-interfaces are being increasingly sold for unrealistic purposes and promoted with unsubstantiated claims. We emphatically distance ourselves from such exploitation of ignorance, and attempt to foster both enthusiasm and rigorous development of these technologies through art, education and openness instead.
Our work is characterized by a continuous interaction between art, science and technology. Through developing performances and installations we discover new scenarios for artistic exploration using our own software and hardware, which in turn permits further experimentation. We develop and document our software and hardware in such a way to make it accessible to other explorers, under the EEGsynth project. The EEGsynth is an open-source Python code base released under the GNU general public license that provides a real-time interface between (open-hardware) devices for electrophysiological recordings (e.g. EEG, EMG and ECG) and analogue and digital devices (e.g. MIDI, lights, games and analogue synthesizers). The EEGsynth allows anyone to use electrical activity recorded from the brain or body to flexibly control devices in real-time. We do not develop hardware for electrophysiological recordings and sound generation ourselves, but use second-party open-source projects as well as commercial laboratory-grade EEG equipment. You can find more information about the EEGsynth at our dedicated blog, and download the code and documentation from our Github repository
Folkteatern, Gothenburg, Sweden - 2019
Symbiotic Solaris Stations, Kunstkapel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 2018
COGITO in space, Dwingeloo radiotelescope, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands - 2018
Sonic Neuroscience, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, ICM, Paris - 2018
Charcot library, CuttingEEG conference, ICM, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, France - 2018
Brain Brunch, OTlab, Montrieul, France - 2018
Hemispherics, IKLECTIK, London, UK - 2018
Spiritual Lap Dance, Folie Numerique, La Villette, Paris, France (with Carima Neusser) - 2018
Semaine de cerveau (the Brain Week) at École Normale Supériere, Paris, France - 2018
Probing the Mind of Berzelius, Se2017, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, Sweden - 2017
Hypnotic Feedback, Rönnells antikvariat, Stockholm, Sweden (with Hernan Anllo) - 2017
Hypnotic Feedback, Konsthallen Växjö, Sweden (with Hernan Anllo) - 2017
Sleep Algorythm, Köttinpektionen, Uppsala, Sweden - 2017
Performance, 5 Car Garage, Los Angeles, USA (with Marcos Lutyens) - 2016
Ohio Impromptu Revamped, A Ship in the Woods, San Diego, USA - 2016
The Science of Consciousness, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (with Selen Atasoy) - 2016
Ohio Impromptu Revamped, The Science of Consciousness, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA - 2016
Studio Performance, Huhta Home Studio, Stockholm, Sweden (with Carima Neusser) - 2015
Sleep Algorythm, Södra Bar, Stockholm, Sweden - 2015
What Where Rescored, We Are What We Lost, OuUnPo, SPET, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2014
2018 - ENSBA, Folie Numerique, La Vilette, Paris, France
2018 - Semaine de cerveau (Brain Week), École Normale Supériere, Paris, France
2018 - Retour vers le Second Square! Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
2018 - COGITO, TecArt, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2017 - IRCAM, Paris, France
2017 - Cogito, COGBOT, Enschede, the Netherlands
2017 - Cogito, Overview Symposium, Kerkrade, the Netherlands
2017 - Fullersta Gård, Huddinge, Sweden
2017 - Astron, with Cogito, Dwingelo, the Netherlands
2017 - The Brain Control Club, CORTICO, ICM, Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris, France
2016 - EMS, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 - Art and Educational Processes, Linnéuniveristet, Växjö, Sweden
2016 - Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), Paris, France
2016 - Brainhack, École Normale Supériere, Paris, France
2015 - Lund University’s faculty of arts, Malmö, Sweden
2015 - Valand, Göteborg, Sweden
2015 - Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 - Athens Working Session, Athens, Greece
2015 - Department of neurology Frankfurt University Hospital
The EEGsynth, the science journal E=M6, Metropole Television, France - 2018
Brainwave music and cortex related extravaganza, Epsilonia, Radio Libertaire (89.4 FM), France - 2018
Consciousness Central TV, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA - 2016
The San Diego Reader, Chad Deal, The Ship in the Woods, Escondido - 2016
2018 - Electric Brain exhibition, Charcot library, ICM, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, France
2017 - Liminal Curtain, Galleri Fagerstedt, Stockholm, Sweden
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.
Bookings and questions
Bookings and questions