The people behind the EEGsynth

The EEGsynth is a collaborative project, including contributions from many, and in many different ways. The EEGsynth is initiated by 1+1=3, an artistic collaboration between Stephen Whitmarsh, Jean-Louis Huhta and Per Huttner. During workshops and performances in Stockholm, Paris, Athens, San Diego and Tucson, we began to connect with more people who have since started collaborating on many aspects of the project. Most notably, Robert Oostenveld and Guillaume Dumas have been invaluable. We are also developing the EEGsynth within the Brain Control Club at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity.

Dr. Stephen Whitmarsh is a neuroscience researcher at the Visual Cognition group at Paris’ École Normale Supérieure where he studies attention and mindwandering using magnetoencephalography. He holds a MSc in psychology from the University of Amsterdam (2005), a PhD from the Donders Institute for Cognitive Neuroimaging, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2012) and an MA in Art and Media Production (2015) from Linköping University, Sweden. Together with Per Hüttner, he has been part of Ouunpo since its conception in 2009, and together with Elena Nemkova and Susanne Ewerlöf recently organized the 14nth session in Stockholm.

Prof. Ir. Robert Oostenveld is MEG Physicist at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, as well as visiting Professor of Magnetoencephalograpic Method Development at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. 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.

Jean-Louis Huhta is an artist, composer, musician and DJ born in Gothenburg Sweden to Trinidadian and Finnish parents. He studied at the Electronic music studios EMS in Stockholm and Sound art at STDH. Specialising in electronic music, percussion, improv, 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, 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.

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, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, 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, a project-based international experimental research network.

Daniela de Paulis, is an interdisciplinary artist with whom we are developing COGITO:

The narrative unfolds so that one visitor at the time is guided inside the cabin of the Dwingeloo radio telescope where s/he is fitted with a professional encephalogram (EEG) system and a virtual reality headset (Oculus). The preparation is carried by a neuroscientist and takes approximately fifteen minutes.

Once the preparation is completed, the brain activity of each visitor is recorded while s/he is viewing an immersive video of the Earth seen from space; in real time, the brain activity is converted into sound and transmitted into space by radio operators of the CAMRAS team, using the antenna of the Dwingeloo radio telescope pointing still. The brain activity is thus transmitted across a large portion of the sky, without a specific target, highlighting the Earth’s rotation and our place in the cosmos while the experience takes place.

Before entering the cabin and transmitting their brain waves into space, visitors are guided by an anthropologist and performer artist to explore the area surrounding the scientific facilities for experiencing the animal and botanical diversity of the Dwingelo National Park. The naturalistic visit is based on principles of Big History and aims at inspiring in the visitors a stronger sense of connection with the Earth’s habitat, before symbolically leaving the planet.

Marcos Lutyens’s practice has centered on the use of hypnosis to engage the visitor’s embodied experience of art, while also involving various parallel approaches to explore group and individual consciousness. Exhibitions of infinite scale and nature have been installed in the minds of visitors. His investigations have included research with social groups such as the third-gender Muxhe, Raeilians, synaesthetes, border migrants, space engineers and mental architects to explore how unconscious mind-sets shift across cultures and backgrounds. Building on his investigations into consciousness and social dynamics, Lutyens has developed projects that involve our external surroundings. Works include interactions with pedestrian flows, social media dialogue, air quality levels, animal and biological intercommunication and other dynamics that are generally invisible to the casual observer, and yet as important as the subjective processes of the inner mind.

Dr. Hernán Anlló is a young cognitive psychologist at the Ecole Normale Supérieure’s Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Science lab (LSCP) in Paris, France. As part of his current postdoctoral position, he is also working at the Watanabe Lab in the University of Tokyo, in Japan. His main interest is in the study of consciousness, attention and cognitive control, with a focus on how hypnosis and social influence interact with low-level sensory information for shaping perception. His scientific contributions include the validation of the French version of the Harvard Group Scale for Hypnotic Susceptibility and novel findings pertaining the relationship between hypnosis and attention allocation. His methods include all types of clinical and experimental hypnosis, psychophysics, EEG, eye-tracking and state-of-the-art analytical tools such as drift-diffusion models and mixed-modelling. Dr. Anlló also works in the development of applied hypnosis protocols for controlling attention allocation, enhancing productivity and inducing aesthetic experiences.