[ISEA2011] Paper: Claudia Robles Angel – EEG Data in Interactive Art


The intention of this paper is to reflect about the interaction of music and/or digital media with data from brainwaves obtained from performers or an audience via the usage of an EEG interface. This creates dynamical systems1 -as defined by Abraham and Shaw – for interactive performances and/or installations.

It introduces a brief historical overview about the usage of EEG data in interactive art, presenting examples from performances and installations produced in the past 45 years, such as Alvin Lucier’s piece Music for a Solo Performance (1965), David Rosenboom’s piece On being invisible (1976-7), Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO, (1999–2002) and my audiovisual performance INsideOUT (2009), all of which are based on biofeedback methods developed from the late 1960s.

  • Claudia Robles Angel is a media artist born in Bogotá (Colombia) and currently living in Cologne (Germany). She finished studies in Fine Arts in 1990 at the University J. T. Lozano in Bogotá (Colombia). She pursued postgraduate studies such as: Film Animation (1992-1993) at the CFP (Milan-Italy); MA in Visual Arts (1993-1995) at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel (Geneva- Switzerland) and Sound Design and Electronic Composition at the Folkwang University Essen (Germany) with Prof. Dirk Reith from (2001-2004). In 2004 she won the second prize at the competition Hoeren und Sehen organized by the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe and the Institute fuer Neue Musik in Darmstadt (both in Germany) for her audiovisual composition Bewegung in Silber. She was artist in residence (2004-2006) at the ZKM. Her most relevant work presented there was the piece Seed/Tree (audiovisual Installation/Butoh performance with live electronics). Her work is worldwide known, having participated in several group and solo exhibitions around the globe, for example at the Bauhaus- archiv Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, Germany (2003); the European Capitals of Culture: Sibiu and Luxemburg (2007); Enter3 in Prague, Czech Republic (2007), the International Computer Music Conference ICMC in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007) and Montréal, Canada (2009); at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama, Japan, at the DRHA: Sensual Technologies – Brunel University London, UK (2010), and lately at the Festival for Digital Media: Re-New2011 Copenhagen, Denmark and at the NIME 2011: New Interfaces for Musical Expression Oslo, Norway.  claudearobles.de

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