Above: Viewing "The 4th" by Henry Taylor with the Muse headset recording brainwaves.
I collaborated with artist Aarón Montoya-Moraga to study individual perception of Art. The piece itself was a visualization of the neurological reaction to images that we see in the daily media vs. ones that are validated by the art market. We used the Muse, a bluetooth headband used mostly for tracking meditation. This data claims to show whether your brain waves are in a state of concentration or mellowness. These binaries worked as a way to express drastic shifts in brain activity.
Wekinator, Max MSP, Muse headset
Using the machine learning tool Wekinator, we created a program that tracked the Aarón's reaction to two different image sets, one from museums ("art") and one from pop culture ("not art"). He then watched a series of videos with the Muse headset on, which was now connected to a Max patch.
Whenever his brain activity mirrored his reaction to the "art" image set, the screen would go black. We experimented with viewing karaoke videos on Youtube, reading the front page of Fox News, and scrolling through Facebook. Questioning emerging technologies was at the center of this project. While conversations of free speech rock the nation, most people feel that they are able to at least think what ever they want. But what if certain thoughts or ideas literally blacked out the screens around you, such as your laptop, iPhone, and ATM?