EEG-based artwork for the Constant Self-Recording Mode (COS•MO) exhibition.

I propose to walk around the art exhibition wearing an EEG recording cap as I walk around the gallery, looking at the artwork. The EEG cap captures my thoughts directly from the brain and (after processing) whispers in my ear what I are thinking. This is called the “Know What You Think” cap, and the first prototype will be demonstrated on the 12th of November 2013, as part of the COS•MO exhibition, at Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (Lasalle).

The advent of science and new technologies available to scientists means that very often, we only believe things once they have been “proved” scientifically.

A good example of this is how scientists proved that meditation has an effect on the brain by using modern technology. Buddhist monks have known this for a long time, but this has made the statement “meditation is good for you” a more acceptable one.
Consequently, we tend to “believe” what science says, rather that trust our own instinct.
In general, in the modern world, we have lost some of the “caveman” instincts that kept us alive by not eating rotten food (because it smells bad), running away when we suspect there is a tiger… Nowadays, being cut from cues of nature, we have to rely on other inputs to choose how to behave (culture or our mother’s advice), and when those get cut too, we rely on books that tell us what to do (example: how to handle a new-born used to be a notion passed from mother to daughter, with the help of the community, now, women tend to trust the books rather than motherly advice; and to be credible, the books often contain scientific justifications).
By extension, we are becoming less and less aware of our own bodies and the effect the environment might have on us, whether it is the food we eat, the amount of sleep we get, or an emotional response triggered by a “sensual”  (whether visual, tactile, etc…) cue. Unless it is justified scientifically, we don’t believe it.
Here, we propose to formalise the scientific approval by using a scientific device to tap directly into the brain as it is receiving artistic cues, and formalising these scientific data into “emotional response” being whispered into the visitor’s ear. This way, a viewer will not only think “This is beautiful”, but they will scientifically know that they thought this was beautiful. This in turn  might trigger new thoughts and new emotions, which will get relayed in the form of new whispering in the ear.

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