Behind Your Eyes, Between Your Ears: Neurofeedback portrait project

Neurofeedback, Electronic Art and
Contemplative Interaction

 

In Behind Your Eyes, Between Your Ears increases in alpha brainwave rhythms (produced when you close your eyes and quieten your mind) control an interactive soundscape and projected visuals that trace the dynamics of your attention as you move between thinking and being.

The project continues Khut’s longstanding fascination with body-focussed contemplative interactions, and builds on work developed as part of the Kaldor Public Art Projects Marina Abramović In Residence Artist’s Residency Program in 2015.

Presented in the form of intimate interactive video studio – participating visitors wear a wireless brainwave sensor and quieten their attention to unfold a delicate electronic soundscape, in which different layers of sound are revealed according the intensity and duration of their alpha brainwave patterns. Abstract geometric video projections visualising changes in Alphawave activity are overlaid on the sitters face – referencing photographic idioms from sci-fi, to 70’s aura-photography and 19th Century spiritualist imaging.

Each interaction last approximately 15-minutes and other visitors will be able to observe from a special viewing area.

The resulting collection of intimate video portraits gathered over the course of the event – provide a platform for reflecting on the changing nature of relationship to bio-medical imaging technologies, notions of embodiment and role of contemplative practices in contemporary culture.


Above:brain-wave controlled video portrait with retrospective experien tial recollection, recorded during the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, 2015.

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
June 27 – July 17th, 2016

 

As part of a 3 week residency at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,  George Khut recorded a collection video portraits with visitors interacting with his brainwave-controlled work. Interactions lasted approximately half an hour – comprising a 10-15 minute interaction with the work, followed by an interview in which participants are invited to describe their experience with the work.

During this residency, George worked on-site in the gallery, recording interactions with visitors and editing portraits that were be exhibited in the gallery along with interview materials and images created by participants to describe their experience with the work.

The project was supported by artsACT through its Arts Residencies ACT program.

 

Performance Space
November 4 – 7, 2015

 

Liveworks, Festival of Experimental Art

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Aspects of this work were developed as part of George Khut’s’ residency for Kaldor Public Art Project 30: “Marina Abramović: In Residence

Special thanks to James P. Brown, Trent BrooksUNSW Art & Design, The Bundanon Trust and Performance Space.