Fine artist Luciana Haill works creatively amplified brainwaves (EEG) and her performative installations have appeared internationally including The Waag society Amsterdam, The October Gallery, The Royal Institute, The Science Museum, The Royal Academy London, FACT, The Sage in Gateshead, iMal Gallery in Brussels, and CENART in Mexico City. Her work researches pioneers in Neuroscience & cybernetics and explores interconnections with parallel trends in Surrealism and ‘The Beats’ expressed by a convergence with neuro-technologies, digital media, performance, sound and drawing. She experienced viral meningitis as a teenager which led to a fascination with the brain. She graduated from the first ever degree in Interactive Art led by Roy Ascott, in 1996. She is considered a pioneering artist in her field.
Her recent practice has focused on artist Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, Entoptic visuals and ‘Flicker’ – a phenomena researched in the 1950’s by Dr William Grey Walter and categorised by John Smythies using scientific stroboscopes together with EEG monitors. This developed from her investigation of Altered States (ASC) and dream-like states, in particular the phenomenon of ‘Lucid Dreaming’ (consciousness-like awareness within a dream). She has developed this into a series of performances and installations that reference the notion of ‘The Visionary’ and can be described as a form of contemporary Surrealism.
Her installations take the form of sensory environments that enable participants to access new ways of experiencing and perceiving. These works often involve the realtime monitoring of the participants own brainwaves using techniques from neuroscience, hypnosis and meditation, to control and create interactive experiences using sound and video.
Luciana is ‘Head of Augmented Consciousness’ (formerly Head of Neurofeedback) in The Institute of Unnecessary Research, as well as Artist in residence in the University of Sussex for Informatics in UK.
(excerpt shows Luciana Haill in Raymond Scott documentary – ‘not such a nutty idea after all !’ )
IN 2007 she was funded by The Arts Council to create ‘Cyber Sleep” and the same year Luciana also co-authored and created two sound works for The Bio-Tracking Project in collaboration with Anna Dumitriu in conjunction to a visit to STEIM in The Netherlands together. Creative Uses of Virtual Sticky Notes in Art – A Critical Interrogation of The “Bio-tracking” Smart Phone Based Exhibition
In 2014 she was awarded a second small Grant for the Arts award from The Arts Council to research nd develop new work, and her paper was published in The AISB-50 Symposium on “The Future of Art and Computing: A Post-Turing Centennial Perspective”, from ICT & Art Connect :
Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art’. http://www.doc.gold.ac.uk/aisb50/AISB50-S12/AISB50-S12-Haill-paper.pdf