9 04 2009

BRAINLOOP is an interactive performance (presented in Prague in a documentary form) that utilizes a BCI system allowing a subject to operate devices merely by imagining specific motor commands. These mentally visualized commands may be seen as the rehearsal of a motor act without the overt motor output; a neural synapse occurs but the actual movement is blocked at the corticospinal level. Motor imagery becomes non-muscular communication and control signals that convey messages and commands to the external world. The performer is able – without physically moving – to investigate urban areas and rural landscapes as he globe-trots around virtual Google Earth. Through motor imagery, he selects locations, camera angles and positions and records these image sequences in a virtual world. In the second half of the performance, he plays back the sequence and uses BRAINLOOP to compose a custom soundtrack by selecting, manipulating and re-locating audio recordings in real time into the physical space.


Credits: Author: Janez Janša, BCI performer: Markus Rapp, BCI supervisor: Reinhold Scherer, Programmer: Suncica Hermansson, PD programmer: Seppo Gründler, Sound designers: Brane Zorman and Seppo Gründler, Executive producer: Marcela Okretic, Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Co-production: VisionSpace, Department of Information Design, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria, Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Laboratory of Brain-Computer, Interfaces, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana. Courtesy: BEEP/Data Logic.


Janez Janša is a conceptual artist, performer and producer graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan, Italy. His work has a strong social connotation and is characterized by an inter-media approach. He is co-founder and director of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. His first public artistic project was the urban installation “I Need Money to Be an Artist”, which was presented first in Ljubljana, Slovenia (1996) and then in Venice, Italy. Between 2004-2007 he leaded the project “Brainloop”, an interactive performance platform which allows a subject to navigate a virtual space merely by imagining specific motor commands. Janez Janša is co-editor with Ivana Ivković of the textual and pictorial reader “DemoKino – Virtual Biopolitical Agora” published by Maska and Aksioma in 2005, of the book “NAME – Readymade” published by Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana in 2008, and of “RE:akt! – Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting” in 2009.ša,_performer




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15 04 2009
ADAPT! (Part Two) «


2 10 2009
gary maloney

Deep Computed BCI: A Short Story
Imagine your motor cortex fully activated while you have full muscle tone but both what your cortex says you are experiencing and what you are actually experiencing are not what you body is actually doing. You were trained to do this on a brain computer interface. Highly Skilled lucid dreamers in intense sessions and brain tomography on the level of seismic tomography make this all possible. Accessing the brain thru non-invasive means is vital in Berlin where Brain Computer Interfacers and the Locked-in are moving things with only their minds; however, one might say that all this research is treading water awaiting advances in Neuro-surgery. I’m pitching the thoroughly developed non-invasive technique as a necessary prelude to the invasive interface. I’m just looking for sympathetic places to post the story I’m telling in the form of a fictitious photo journal.

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