[ISEA2019] Artist Statement: Claudia Robles-Angel – MINDSCAPE

Artist Statement

Electroluminescent wires, arduino, immersive sound and openEEG interface.

MINDSCAPE is a metaphor of what we are becoming in this digital era. Like most people nowadays, the performer appears isolated and hooked up with a computer, his/her body connected to and surrounded by light wires, creating a distance between the own body and the environment, symbolizing the desire to become a machine or cyborg that attaches artificial technologies to its own structure. The performer appears rigid on the stage, but her inner emotional states give continuously movement and transformation to the audiovisual environment.
In MINDSCAPE, the performer interacts with a light structure made by electroluminescent wires and sound via a BCI (Brain-Computer interface), which measures her brain waves, which create and control the light and sonic environment.
The visual environment is created by a light structure made by electroluminescent wires (EL wires). The EL cables glare when applied to an alternating current (AC). Hence, once the AC has been activated, the data of the performer’s brain waves from the openEEG interface is utilized in order to turn on/off different cables and in different tempos.
The sound section of the work consists of a surround soundscape which changes depending on the information coming from the performer’s brainwave activity

  • Claudia Robles-Angel is a new media/digital artist living in Germany and active worldwide. Her work and research cover different aspects of visual and sound art, which extend from audiovisual fixed-media compositions to performances and installations interacting with biomedical signals. She has been artist-in-residence in several outstanding institutions, for example at the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the ZKM Center (Karlsruhe, DE), KHM (Cologne, DE) and at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technologies – ICST ZHdK (Zurich, CH). Her work is constantly featured in not only media and sound-based festivals/ conferences but also in group and solo exhibitions around the globe, for example, the ZKM Center in Karlsruhe; SIGGRAPH Asia in Yokohama, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival NYCEMF, New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference NIME Oslo; at 55th Venice Biennale Prohelvetia, Audio Art Festival Cracow, at Harvestworks Digital Arts Center New York City, and ISEA2011 Istanbul, ISEA2017 Manizales and ISEA2018 Durban.