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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