Posted by: Luciana | October 23, 2014

Kinetica – Flickering Phrontesterion

October 2014 :
Luciana shows her interactive, participatory artwork in The annual Kinetica Artfair
- a work in progress “Phrontesterion” : a symbiosis of Dreamachine Flicker and Hypnagogic & Hypnopompic feedback of participant’s EEG sonified, in an oil/air-pumped Dentist chair, floats back down, Reverie in Theta waves where time is lost – “I am that I am”… ?

Reactions seen below, reports left in writing reveal loss of sense of realtime, inspiring, rejuvenating, one was too dark ( negative ) and many gratitudes – as accompanied by the EEG shown to onlookers on the laptop ( Prefrontals 1 & 2) – mostly Theta /Alpha… The 12 track layered soundscape is still underconstruction – so mixed reviews to use of voices (mine under modulation and a lady) effected by Beta brainwaves occasionally interrupting the atmosphere ( talking of beliefs about leaving the body and spirit worlds from tribal cultures). Positive response mainly to the hypnotically soothing “I am that I am” female vocal, looped and activated by Theta entrainment ( desired state). Another person was invited to ‘listen in’ to each participant, also helping comparison to the dynamics potentially heard – differing from their interactive audio possibly. Some people were content just with that level of witness, and explanation by myself and assistant present throughout the entire event.

Most participants spent 12-15 minutes in the dentists chair .. raised for correct eye-level to the Nanobulb within the dreamachine postioned in front of them on a trolley, and lowered (Air/oil, smoothly) as we finish the experience, a lovely glide back into a darker reality without flicker. So, most perceived 5 minutes had passed in total, an interesting side-effect of flicker. Two articipants fell asleep and one was watched during the PV night by an audience as he gaped and snored..( photo below ) and we listened in to his deeper, slower EEG sonifications.
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Posted by: Luciana | October 11, 2014

EEG artist – video

3 minutes insight into work this year

Made by Mutiny Media, with thanks to The Arts Council

Arts Council of England  - Lottery funded

Arts Council of England – Lottery funded

Posted by: Luciana | October 2, 2014

Kinetica Art Fair, 16.10.14

16-19th October, I am exhibiting in booth 55, in this year’s 6th Kinetica Art Fair
The Old Truman Brewery,
Shoreditch, London

Come along ! (30% off tickets if you use a promo code – email help(at) )

More : Kinetica Artfair, London :  My “artists talk” about Flicker and EEG, will be 12pm Saturday 18th October… 


SPILL Festival of Performance


IPSWICH, UK |  29 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

Fri 31 Oct 2014, Mirrored Identity parade room, Basement of The Old Police Station – 15:30, 17:00, 40 mins

Haill uses X-rays, Brainwave monitors, Dreamachines, Strobes and 3D plastic doodles in her latest adaption of ‘The Creation of the strobes’ - a Brainwave (EEG) interactive performance that pays homage to ‘The Creation of the birds’ painted by Spanish surrealist artist Remedios Varo (exiled to Mexico in the 1940s). Any /all audio is generative where sounds are triggered and modulated by the artist’s realtime brainwaves, entrained using a hypnotically flickering Dream Machine in the mirrored suspect identity parade room. The atmosphere queried with strobe lights around a classic 8Hz Flicker and she will be drawing her captive fantasies in 3D plastics to further produce and maintain the creative state. Thus bringing it gradually to life, through a contemporary telematic ‘seance’

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Part of the SPILL National Platform

'Phantasmagoria' - an interactive EEG audio visual performance

Prozac Nation & Brave New World inspired pioneering brainwave controlled performance in the boiler room of Caerleon College ( Newport University) 1995

Posted by: Luciana | June 10, 2014

All Night Lucid EEG experience in the woods….

All Night Lucid EEG experience in the woods....

Posted by: Luciana | June 10, 2014

Lucid Dream Temple Yurt, Battle, 21.06.14

yurt L1100805Lucid Dream, all night guidance in a Yurt in the East Sussex woods of Battle,  Saturday 21.06.14 from 5pm, we are delighted to be joined on this occasion by Masahiro Kahata, the inventor of the EEG IBVA. Nutritional breakfast and memory supplements provided, Continuous EEG of sleepers ( willing ones ) , sound healing and possible gravity experiments for lucid induction. Investment of £45 for tickets
Contact for tickets (£40 to the first 5 guests)


Photos from the event here

Posted by: Luciana | May 26, 2014


I recently revisited my earliest EEG artwork “Phantasmagoria” and developed it into “The Creation of The Strobes” shown in The Waag, NL as ‘work in progress’. So I am now retrieving archive mediation of the performance from photos and tape cassettes, to show where this began and how the 2 works inform each other.

The photos show the EEG sensors across the forehead,  the radio-wave EEG transmitter is on the back of my head with a small aerial, and it is styled into a glowing sci-fi device and my costume displays the rave influence with my own style and obsession with pink light at the time. Certain frequencies of fast scientific strobe light appear pink, before white. The Apple Centris computer has the EEG radio received on top, connected to the mac by RS232 cable using a ‘Keyspan’ adapter into usb. It is showing one channel of EEG, the second computer had the second channel to control Macromedia Director interactive project that was being projected over the helium balloons and walls of the boiler room beneath the university in Caerleon, Newport, Wales.



Installation I made in 1995, using Apple Mac Centris x 2, IBVA radiowave stereo EEG system, helium balloons, in a boiler room under the University in Caerleon, Newport, Gwent, Wales. It was the culmination of a year experimenting with realtime EEG and interactive Art – controlling a Macromedia Director stack of images and video loops, changes made by cognitive shifts in attention, meditation and trance.

The theme behind the performance was the novel by Aldous Huxley “Brave New World” which I adjusted into my concept of “Brave New Woman” assisted by Prozac. The biography “Prozac Nation’ by Elizabeth Wurtzeil was very important at the time, and I was interested in Noo-tropics, smart drugs, the legal hights available to augment the pressures of being a creative student. Brave New World spoke of ‘Soma’ with an amazing similarity to ecstasy and the culture of MDMA enhanced experiences many of us related to. The Soma in the future , appeared to give emotions and enhanced sensory details to people who were in other ways restricted, much like Prozac. The similarity with ecstasy and the emerging sub culture of serotonin surfing was dominant in my work, as the EEG allowed information combined with synthesis of natural substances to be studied. I am wearing a Sheep Jumping over the fold t-shirt implying sleep research from a time when sleep was more scarce, and future work was to focus more on sleep hormones, Lucid dreaming and the brain. All images connect to larger version on click:


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