'I use technology as a tool to investigate my inner states and emotions through my performances. I feel that with modern technology, we are slowly being alienated from our bodies and emotions. My works attempt to embody this idea of giving the invisible a physical form by using brainwave sensor to create an audio visual representation of myself.'
New York-based artist Lisa Park has developed a series of performances using biosensors, brainwave and heart-rate devices, as a vehicle for manifesting her inner states. Lisa’s recent works “Eunoia” and “Eunoia II” involved using a commercial EEG brainwave headset as a self-monitoring tool to measure her physical and psychological states. These performances obtained real-time feedback of her emotional reactions- an investigation into a new form of expression and trans-sensory experience by visually and audibly reflecting her inner states into tangible forms.
NUE [누에: Silkworm in Korean] is an installation and real-time sound performance generated by an artist’s brainwave data. The inspiration of the work came from a silkworm’s life cycle and its metamorphosis. Park uses 150 meters of white dress and the draped fabric transforms the physical space of 4DSOUND (12m x 20m x 5m sound structure) into her own world - weaving an intricate web of passages, pockets and walls. Confined within the web, the audience interacts with her as she moves in the space, through whispering, looking, and touching.
The custom-built mobile application receives brainwave data - Concentration, Mellow, Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma - from an EEG headset via Bluetooth and sends OSC messages with the data to the 4DSOUND system. Driven by the artist’s brainwave data, a soundscape unfolds that encompasses the audience in its unraveling of the structure of the extended draped fabric of the dress. Based on the artist’s current state during NUE, the sonic textures either melts together or fall apart depending on whether she is focused, distracted, or meditative.