Relentless (NER 04) (2014)
Relentless is from a ongoing series of artworks that explore generating moving image works from invisible neurological signals. For this project Brain activity was recorded via a mobile EEG headset to assess neuro-emotional signatures within aesthetic viewing experiences. From the raw EGG data sets neural Valence (V) and Arousal (A) response levels were extracted, combined and classified into emotional states. In this work a primitive shape represents each of the combined classifications. ; Sphere = class 1 (V+, A+), Pyramid = class 2 (V+, A-), Octagon = class 3 (V-, A-), Cube = class 4 (V-, A+).
Every four seconds a new classification shape drops into the viewing frame to disrupt the scene. The work is intentionally relentlessly repetitive, and tries to metaphorically convey how neural 'instructions' are continuously dripping through the body to shape our worlds. The fallen classes remain in view representing the storage of emotional memories for future access. This restrained example points to the endless and exciting possibilities of work that may be generated from such data.
The Relentless data set was recorded in response to James Turrel’s Kermandec (2014) exhibited at the Pace Gallery, London. Further recordings for works were made at The Hayward Gallery (The Light Show), The Lisson Gallery (Harron Mirza & Tatsuo Miyajima), Tate Modern (Oskar Fischinger), The Serpentine (Jonas Mekas), The Soho Theatre (Bitch Boxer by Chloe Jackson), and The Bush Theatre (Josephine & I, by Cush Jumbo, dir. Phyllida Lloyd).
** (Special thanks to Megan O'Dell and the Pace Gallery London).