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 Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner and Stephen Whitmarsh. During workshops and performances in Stockholm, Paris, and Athens, we began to connect with more people who have since started collaborating on many aspects of the project. Most notably, Robert Oostenveld is now involved as the main technical developer of the EEGsynth. At the recent BrainHack event in Paris, we met with an extended network of talented people that have been contributing to the development as well. Within the arts, we have been developing the dance performances with Carima Neusser, and included hypnosis with Marcos Luytens. This academic year we will also start a Brain Control Club in Paris, about which you can read more below. For more information about 1+1=3, our projects, and how the EEGsynth is being used in performances and workshops, please visit our site.

Technical and scientific development

Prof. Dr. 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.

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.

Artistic development

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.

Collaborators

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.

Carima Neusser, dancer and choreographer.

Brain Control Club

The collaborative aspect of the EEGsynth will get a great boost this new academic year due to students from the PhD program at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI) with whom we have started the Brain Control Club (BCC). The CRI was founded in Paris, in 2005 as a convivial place at the crossroad of life sciences and exact, natural, cognitive, and social sciences. Today, the CRI offers three degree programs, a masters program, and a doctoral program . The CRI’s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a variety of courses, and many student clubs. The CRI’s main role is to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects. We are proud to be part of their efforts and very happy to have the opportunity to share our project with a group of very talented and inspired scientists and researchers: