Luciana Haill

Brainwaves Augmenting Consciousness

About

luci_Mauve_meditateFine artist Luciana Haill has focused on interaction from brainwave mapping into her Art since the early 1990s. Her work intersects mixed realities, neuroscience, telematics and the unconscious to make mental processes visible (in particular – lucid dreams, meditation and nostalgia). Luciana experienced viral meningitis as a teenager which led to a fascination with the brain and altered states. She creates artworks that combine digital media, augmented reality, performance, drawing and binaural soundscapes. Her brainwave recording artworks have been described as a form of ephemeral portraiture through monitoring the brain’s EEG signal.

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Currently as PlayLa.bZ Artist and Researcher she is exploring the relationship between the present moment and the past or future through psychophysics and volumetric capture (using a Lidar camera),  and realtime brainwave feedback. Her latest augmented reality artwork is called ‘Pioneer‘ bringing a sea-faring train from 1896 back to life. In late 2021 “Creativity Culture & Capital, an international collaboration between Arts and Culture Finance by Nesta, Upstart Co-Lab and Fundaciỏn Compromiso, invited her to make work for a Spotlight on the Future of Live Performance. Other recent work inside mixed realities ‘Into the rose garden’ describes an alternate reality, focusing on things which might have been but never were (the passage not taken, the door never opened), hauntology and consciousness.

She has delivered keynotes & presentations in Mexico City in CENART, iMal in Brussels, The October Gallery in Holborn, for ‘Breaking Convention’ in Greenwich University, The Science Gallery ‘Lates’ and The Kinetica Art Fair in London. She has created installations for pop-ups in festivals ‘The Secret Garden Party’ in the science tent, & in The Guerrilla Zoo as well as in  Hackstock events & Modern Panic X in London. Her work has been shown internationally at major venues including The Royal Academy, The Royal Institution, The Sage Gateshead, The Waag Society Amsterdam, The Psychedelic society of The Netherlands, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.  Research trips have involved travel to Hawaii, New York and India.

35376918322_c48a864fe5_kHer installations take the form of sensory environments that enable participants to access new ways of experiencing & perceiving (with their eyes closed). These works often involve performance and the real-time monitoring of the participants own brainwaves & use other forms of biofeedback such as heart rate,  and echniques from hypnosis & meditation, to control & create interactive experiences using sound and videos.

Further developments include the ‘The Phrontesterion‘ based around EEG appointments with a Dreamachine in a dentist chair, first shown Kinetica Art Fair 2014. This went on to 9 shows including weekends in Kibla festival, Slovenia, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and the ‘Real/Virtual’ show in The Ugly Duck warehouse in Bermondsey in June 2017.

Sleep Cycles’ (2016-17)  is a mixed media installation exploring dreaming, reverie and consciousness, followed directly from her participation as an artist in the International Association for the Study of Dreams week long symposium 2016 in Rolduc, Holland. Comprising of the brainwave (EEG) visualisation of a vivid dream  recorded by the artist, amongst her automatic drawings, readymades and sound exhibited in ‘Technology is not neutral’. Initially in Brighton’s Phoenix Galleries, and then in The Watermans Art Centre in London until January 2017 with The Phrontesterion during the Digital weekend.

Her pioneering brainwave music was featured in a documentary about legendary electronic musician Raymond Scott by his son. Luciana was a visiting research fellow in The University of Sussex from 2011-2016 for The Department of Informatics and is ‘Head of Hypnagogia in The Institute of Unnecessary Research. In 2012 she worked in a Symposium open to students and the general public for Arts and New Sciences inside CENART in Mexico City DF.

With awards from The Arts Council in 2007, 2014, 2018 and 2021 she has been able to research and develop new work to engage with a wide audience. Its through public engagements that her work reaches the new eyes and collaborators – such as a new musical performance with legedary musician Arthur Brown which they debuted in ‘Bestiville’ on the Isle of Wight in 2017.

Luciana has published two papers and also co-authored & created two sound works for The Bio-Tracking Project in collaboration with Anna Dumitriu. This was in conjunction to a visit to STEIM in The Netherlands together. You can read & download the paper here : Creative Uses of Virtual Sticky Notes in Art – A Critical Interrogation of The “Bio-tracking” Smart Phone Based Exhibition.

She is a visiting lecturer on the MA level Digital Media Arts course in Brighton University

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‘Luciana’s work is sharp and inquiring. She sets up performance installations whereby we (the audience) witness her (the artist) undertake elements of experiment and ritual on our behalf. But this is only half the story, as what the artist does really well is also simultaneously build overarching state changes for us to experience as transformational to our own senses. This blending of putting her own experiences at stake, in order to then facilitate our own sensory involvement, is a clever mechanism to draw together the science, philosophy and magical elements of her work, in ways that are as smart as they are generous.’ – Robert Pacitti, Artist, Director & Curator – SPILL Festival of Performance

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi

    I spoke to you about some frequencies I’d bought a while back, at the Shoreditch kinetic art fair. I’ve got some samples to share on dropbox but I need an email address.

    Hope all is well.

    Grant

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