1+1=3 is an artistic collaboration between Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner and Stephen Whitmarsh. Our starting point is the willingness to allow other to appropriate one’s practice and knowledge-base, and to look at one’s own practice through the eyes of others. In our performances we use the EEGsynth, a brain and body interface to control sounds and images in real-time. We often invite other professionals in the arts and sciences to collaborate with us. We have performed in Sweden, Greece, France, Brazil and the US.
What is the EEGsynth?
The EEGsynth is both a device and a collaborative interdisciplinary research project. As a device, it interfaces with the brain and body for artistic and scientific exploration, research and expression, allowing anyone to use their own brain and body activity to flexibly and powerfully control performative equipment in real-time. In short, it transforms electrophysiological signals (EEG, EMG and ECG) into analogue and digital control signals by means of sophisticated neuroscience signal analysis and custom-made hardware. As a project, it brings together musicians, artists, neuroscientists and developers to work together on technology for specific artistic performances.
Why the EEGsynth?
Progress in understanding the human brain is increasingly determining how we perceive ourselves and others. At the same time, new technologies are expanding the possible interactions between technology and the human brain. Brain-computer interfaces have recently become affordable for a wider public, allowing new artistic research into the human condition and new ways of artistic expression. However, to be able to exploit their full potential and to ensure the development of a lasting involvement of the art world in this contemporary dialogue, artists and neuroscientists have to co-create.