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Transformation


Concerts and lectures on mind-body-music transformations

Stockholm

29/05/2019 - 01/06/2019

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Transformation


Concerts and lectures on mind-body-music transformations

Stockholm

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.

Program


Thursday May 30th (R1 Reaktorhallen)

Free entrance

19:00 - 19:30 Introduction by Per Huttner & Stephen Whitmarsh

19:30 - 21:00 Performances by David Rosenboom & Atau Tanaka


Friday May 31st afternoon (Trädgården)

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


Friday May 31st evening (Trädgården)

21:00 - 0?:00. Free entrance before 21:00 through Växthuset, Skansbron

  • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

  • Jean-Louis Huhta

  • Kult Dopamin

  • Sonja Tofik & Marlena Lampinen


Saturday June 1st morning (Trädgården)

Free entrance

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.


Saturday June 1st afternoon (R1 Reaktorhallen)

Free entrance

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…

 

Featuring

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David Rosenboom

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.

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Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

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)

 
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Atau Tanaka

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

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.

 
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Jean-Louis Huhta

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.

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Per Huttner

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.

 
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Samon Takahashi

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.

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Stephen Whitmarsh

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.

 
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Robert Oostenveld

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

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.

 
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Kult Dopamin

Premiere modular live set by Stockholm based Kult Dopamin. Expect some intense acid moments!

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Sonja Tofik and Marlena Lampinen

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.

 

Venues

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Trädgården

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R1 Reaktorhallen

 

INFO

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.

For questions, please email: stephen.whitmarsh@gmail.com

 

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

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Crossing boundaries of art and science, together

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performances & Workshops


performances & Workshops


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Cross-disciplinary performances

We use state-of-the-art technology for experimental performances, EEG-controlled music and public reflections. By developing artistic events utilizing our own real-time brain-computer-music-interfaces (BCMIs), we are able to engage the audience in a wide range of topics, from ideas of causality, to the experience of trance and the power of imagination. For example, in Hemispherics, as depicted here, two EEG-performers and two musicians respond to each other in a complex dialogue of brain controlled music. Musical harmony, control and improvisation are expressed in complex layers of inter-connection that are exhilarating for both the performers and the audience, and show the deep musical potential of BCMIs in cross-disciplinary experimentation.

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Individualized EEG sonification

We also develop performative workshops and installations for occasions that allow more personal interaction or a more didactic approach. For example, Symbiotics, as depicted here, is more like an intimate intervention or interactive installation than it is a performance. Visitors to the installation are individually connected to EEG for a listening sessions that is improvised, highly personalized and responsive to them. Such an interactive installation can stand on it’s own, or be part of a larger event or exhibit.

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Audiovisual EEG-based performances

EEG-based musical performances have been around since the 1960s, starting with pioneers such as Alvin Lucier and David Rosenboom. It requires a highly trained EEG performer who is able to intentionally maintain a state between excitation and inhibition of control, and is thereby able to modulate and respond to the sounds generated by the synthesizer. The synthesizer artist is also challenged to create music that both responds to the signals created by the brain, while creating a sonic landscape that invites both the EEG-performer and the audience to explore new mental territories. The result is a unique improvised audiovisual (and mental) experience revolving around physical stillness but mental activity, inner concentration, trance and freedom.

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Neuroscience-music composition

By allowing live recordings of EEG, and their playback in real-time, our musicians are able to practice the art of EEG-based music composition. Furthermore, recording, analysis and playback can all occur at the same time, allowing performances to play with past and present EEG recordings at the same time, developing complex feedback loops between the past, and the present. Talk about mental time-travel!

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Sonic self-exploration

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.

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open source technology


open source technology


EEGsynth

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

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Previous events


Previous events


 

Performances

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

workshops

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

TV, Radio and other media

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

Installations

2018 - Electric Brain exhibition, Charcot library, ICM, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, France

2017 - Liminal Curtain, Galleri Fagerstedt, Stockholm, Sweden

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The People


The People


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Per Huttner

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.

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Stephen Whitmarsh

Stephen Whitmarsh is a Paris-based neuroscientist and artist. His research methodology uses electrophysiological analyses of MEG, surface EEG and intercranial EEG. He obtained his MSc in experimental psychology at the University of Amsterdam (NL), his PhD in neuroscience at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (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 evnts at Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Donders Center of Cognitive Neuroscience in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Spiral Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, and Karolinska Institute. He is President and founder of the EEGsynth open-source software for Brain-Computer-Music-Interfaces.

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Jean-Louis Huhta

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.

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Samon Takahashi

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.

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Robert Oostenveld

Robert Oostenveld 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.

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Contact


Bookings and questions

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