Behind Your Eyes, Between Your Ears: Liveworks

Presented by Performance Space as part of
Liveworks Festival of EXperimental Art, 2015

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 with James P. Brown (AlphaLab, 2013) and during his residency 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.

Credits

George Khut: Interaction concept, interactive video and sound design (Max)

David Morris-Oliveros: Visualisation software

Trent Brooks: Technical support neurofeedback softwares

Skye Kunstelj: Associate Producer, Performance Space

Jeff Khan: Artistic Director, Performance Space

Aaron Clarke: Technical Manager, Performance Space

Emma Bedford: Production Manager, Performance Space

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.