It was exhilarating to have the Octopus Brain Storm EEG working! After many different iterations that were mostly imagining how it could work, the art science team brain waves coming together created magic! Collaborator, neuroscientist Mark Cohen, and the art sci collecyive made it happen. We performed this at the opening of the new UCLA Luskin conference center for the very first time and it never failed. The sound, the EEG, the octopus crowns all worked. Octopus brainStorming was first performed live first by Anna Dumitiru and Alex May who happened to be here from the UK and this was followed by a second performance was by Patricia Olynyk and Samantha from Mark’s lab. The voice recording by jazz artist Kenton Chen was by solicited by Mark C. All came together magically. Read here the science behind this work!
Because I was a jury member for the Interactive Arts +, they asked me to moderate the winners. More info
Mathias Jud (CH) and Christoph Wachter (CH)
Winners of the Golden Nica of 2016 Prix Ars Electronica in the Interactive Art + category. Project: Can you hear me?
Frank Kolkmann (NL)
Award of Distinction of 2016 Prix Ars Electronica 2016 in the Interactive Art + category. Project: OpenSurgery
Victroria Vesna (US)
Professor at Design|Media Arts UCLA and jury member of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica
My collaborations are very much related to what I learned from being in a band ages ago. Most of the time I am working with a group taking on different roles and see myself as the lead singer. I compose the songs and think of ways to create environments that amplify the experience for the audience who I want to completely immerse as a performer. BIRD SONG DIAMOND at the Large Space in Tsukuba was a whole different level — so many people were involved that it felt more like I was a conductor and it was a truly magnificent experience. Looking back, from the point when Chuck approached me to participate in his research on Mapping the Acoustic Network of Birds to five years later working with an amazing team from so many disciplines — I learned so much. Most of all, I understand the importance of LISTENING to our environment — from all different perspectives, with all our senses and extending out to the animal world.
This book is a result of a decade long project by George Quasha asking creatives “What is Art?”. In his preface, he states: “this is not a book about what art is. It’s a book saying what it is by those who make it — a portrait of emergent discourse.”
June 25th, Chuck Taylor, Joel Ong and I led a workshop at Governor’s Island that was well attended and received. We started outside on the grass with Joel leading a “tuning in” exersice and then went inside for a short lecture / background of the project from each of our perspectives, to finally give everybody an opportunity to play with the Bird Song Mimic. Now preparing for the next workshop / hands-on demo in New York city at Harvestworks on July 19th.
More pics on flikr
How auspicious that I arrived the dat before Ellen and Patricia Olynyk were hosting their monthly LASER. This gave me an opportunity to introduce the Bird Song Mimic workshop a couple of days later at Governor’s Island. Many good friends showed up including Kathy Brew, Christiane Paul and Linda Weintraub. Carol Parkinson from Harvestworks was there to introduce her program and it was also lucky I was presenting last as Chuck Taylor and his daughter Amy just made it from the airport. He walked in as I was mentioning him and went straight up to talk about our collaboration.
More pics from the evening on flikr.