Brainwaves Augmenting Consciousness


Field & feedback recordings within EEG controlled soundscape

Experience your brainwaves remixing you a curious field and feedback recordings comprising previous particiapants stories in the special soundscape. Your EEG : Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta brainwave frequencies changing in realtime from your reactions to the light, they can control, hide and modulate various layers within the piece. So you can hear your Sonified EEG in my installation ‘#The_Phrontesterion’ within this group show.

Hours of opening for me are 6-10pm opening day thursday 22nd, then friday 23rd 5pm-9pm, saturday 24th 5-10pm, sunday 25th, 2pm-6pm.
Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL
New Sounds & new smells to relax, aid memory and reflect your responses (!) – the latest Phrontesterion requests your participation in The Ugly Duck next week (free) …
Using PandoraStar and Dreamachine to access your Reveries and Subconscious in one of the factory rooms on the first floor, .. with projected EEG for the audience to see during each personal session in the dentist chair.
( sorry but no brainwave analysis or personal recordings are possible during this live art experience ) – photos / videos permitted, all are welcome

Phrontesterion – ASMR, EEG, Strobes : June 22-25

New Sounds & new smells (!) – the latest Phrontesterion requests your participation in The Ugly Duck next week (free) … launch party Thursday 22nd, then open friday-sunday, I am open 5pm-9pm/close each day. Using PandoraStar and Dreamachine to access your Reveries and Subconscious in one of the factory rooms on the first floor, .. with projected EEG
( sorry but no brainwave analysis or personal recordings are possible during this live art experience ) – photos / videos permitted, all are welcome

Tickets available to enable you to Control your synths / visual software with your brainwaves

Control your synths / visual software with your own brainwaves with our VIP ticket option in  #HackstockBeyond #SFL17, London May 5-6

Have your EEG recorded with Brain Machine (IBVA) the best bit is we will provide you with the actual raw data file as well as a video of your brainwaves. Some of the possibilities from the raw data of your brainwaves include: using each separate brainwave frequency ( Alpha, theta, delta, Beta, Gamma ) from the front of your brain (2 channels) as interactive controls to manipulate any MIDI parameter you like ! 

This is great for use in your projects like generative audio/visual compositions e.g. use a specific EEG frequency such as Theta to open and modulate filters, triggers, effect samples, shift pitch etc. The data is easily imported for you to explore in applications such as AbletonMax/MSP, and visually with OSC, VDMX, Quartz composer and Fugio. Demonstrations of how to apply this will be available in the East room in The Trampery, Friday May 5th – May 6th, between 11am and 18.30pm.

We have two ticket types : for £10 you will have a 20 minute individual session with the Lucid Wellness Lamp ‘PandoraStar’ supervised by us (with unique accompanying music).
We also have a limited quantity of VIP tickets for just £25 where we record your brainwaves during your PandoraStar experience, save and export the data of your experience for you to take home and apply. 4Picture 2

Entoptical Sunday service

30.10.16 / 06.11.16, 3pm-5pm
Free taster short sessions in front of PandoraStar guided by Luciana, first come first served basis. This is a hypnagogic self guided experience where you can journey within and see your imagination without constraints,  a light trance in time and space that provides a feeling of rejuvenation and self organisation of distracting or unresolved thoughts.You can sit in one of the comfortable upright chairs with the lamp 45cm away from your closed eyes, or if you prefer, 2 may lie on the floor with cushions and experience simultaneously. EEG recordings to see brainwave changes in repsonse to the light’s effects can also be made upon request. At The Memorial Art Gallery Hastings, ( Second floor, sorry no lift ) entrance opposite Casa Mexicana / Grand Elektra.

The experience is profound and very visual, it requires your signature on an informed consent page – basically it is not suitable for any persons known to have Photosensitive Epilepsy, Migraines, taking medication for anxiety/depression, or if you are pregnant.
Anyone wishing for a private session of 30 minutes and above can book Luciana at The Wellington centre on the date you need ( from £25 private one to one )

Memorial Art Gallery , 7 Cambridge Road, 2nd Floor, Hastings,
TN34 1DJ

Photos from SPILL performance of ‘The Creation of the strobes’

Photos and artwork description :

Video ( excerpt ) from 00:18 )

Endorsement from Robert Pacitti, Artist, Director & Curator – SPILL Festival of Performance

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

SPILL Festival of Performance :ON SURRENDER IPSWICH, UK | 29 Oct – 2 Nov 2014 – Brainwave (EEG) interactive performance

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


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:


The Creation of the strobes

remedio_mask_blackmask_book_coloursL2My latest project in development is titled “The Creation of the strobes” –  inspired by the atmosphere created by Spanish surrealist artist Remedios Varo, who was exiled to Mexico in the 1940s. I discovered this painting for the first time whilst I was visiting Mexico in 2012 as an artist involved in The 5th Encounter of Art and New Sciences in CENART, and was captivated. I connect with her Hybrid Morphology, the extensions of the partly Avian artist through science and alchemy absorbed totally in her work.  I have begun to develop a costume, performance and arrange a new selection of sound samples to be triggered by my brainwaves, further evokin this painting, bringing it gradually to life, through a contemporary telematic ‘seance’.

remedio_mask_EEGI disguised the EEG sensors behind a feathered mask, this is the first time I am beginning to convert myself into a character, as Remedios’ hybrid avian artist. I am using 4 sensors ( 2 Positives at FP1 and Fp2 locations above eyebrows, ground on forehead and negative on mastoid) and a BrainMachine EEG system. The electrodes are pre-gelled so easy to apply to skin, then secured more firmly and hidden by the feathered mask.

This is the first time I have made and decorated a mask, I used plaster-of-paris webbing over a face form, and when drying applied PVA mixed with water in layers, then the feathers. Finally I amalgamated layers in mixes of Marabou and ‘Peacock Chinchilla’ feathers (the sort used by fly-fishers). I also used ‘toupée tape‘ to attach more feathers from finger tips to upper arms, and found this a simple, useful material for final touches.













luci_stings_dressFor the dress, I adapted a vintage Edwardian lavender lace gown, embellished with more “Coque Feather” plumage attached to ribbons. Overall this gave me an antique and ethereal appearance of diminished glamor, heightened by beautiful wafts of  feathery desires. I sourced a tiny guitar from a doll’s house emporium, so you can see I am wearing the 3 stringed instrument like a small guitar around my neck. The strings are the nerves, the instrument symbolic of the body with a connections to vibrational /esoteric alliances through a miniaturized musical technological invention, coherent with my contemporary tools.


I was invited to perform in the historical Anatomical Theatre of the Waag building in Amsterdam by the organisers of ICT ART CONNECT
wish to thank them and their crew in the venue for assisting me and mediating the event, as always live art can be tricky to capture when you are in the midst of a trance ! I have been involved with ICT & ART Connect since November 2013 when I was invited to Lithuania’s Vilnius and Brussles to show how as an artist, I combine medical technology in my digital Fine Art practice. There was a series of events bringing artists and technologists together to explore new ways of working. During the following months, collaborative acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion, were fostered for the bringing together art and technology.

Lu_Waag_kitI always travel with a Mac laptop and at least two EEG systems, on this occasion my kit included a scientific strobe light and controller, a Victorian jewellery box with vintage sleeping condiments, a 1970’s Japanese portable record deck (for the Dreamachine), a medieval-style mirror (laser gazing the ceiling in the Waag), a peacock-feather mask, electrodes and batteries. And yes, my baggage searched in the airport security area!

This is work in progress, I wish to understand better how as a performer I convey the immediacy and experimental risks inherent in working with brainwaves in realtime, as opposed to tight choreography. I had some effects I wished to try out – staring into the scientific strobe with my eyes tightly shut, was profound within my mind, and I could hear the soundscape groaning with sardonic voices as I became enabled to trigger certain samples, not previously audible. But this was not sustainable, so I meandered and The Creation of the Birdsreturned to a performative default state of lying on the floor in a long gown, gazing softly into the flickering Dreamachine to lull myself into an 8Hz daze. I am actually more interested in Theta waves (4-8Hz) but appear not to say that in the video interview. The laser beam was used to help me look outwards during the performance, using the hand mirror to steer it, gave me the dream-like quality of not being fully in control but exerting some influence in my environment. I wish to create a more Hypnopompic immersion for myself and the audience so the seance and dream realms blend further.

Listen on Soundcloud to an excerpt from the live event – a totally brainwave enabled soundscape:





ICT & Art Connect : Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art

ICT & Art Connect : Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art

Abstract.  How did ordinary tools in the Neurophysiology department become means for spiritual enlightenment ?
The combination of brainwave (EEG) monitoring by the early adopters with stroboscopes induced side-effects in many of the clinical experimentees in neurophysiological research,  hallucinations that were named ‘Flicker.’ Patient’s experiences described increasingly bright, complex patterns of colour behind their closed eyelids. Soon Cyberneticians, psychologists and artists were spontaneously informing this interdisciplinary exchange, during a time of pioneering chemistry, new artistic styles and implementation of new tools for experiencing Art. An aleatoric crossover occurred between Dr Grey Walter’s neurological research with strobes and electroencephalographs, and the culture of ‘The Beats’ following his publication of “The Living Brain.” Unifying this is the hypnotic light ensemble the ‘Dreamachine’. Now  an object synonymous with generating visions by Flickering patterns, and for many, a drugless portal to Altered States on Consciousness (ASC). This article  follows the involvement of Human brainwaves in artistic expressions as pioneered by composer Alvin Lucier almost 50 years ago. The harnessing of the EEG signal in interactive artworks encourages dialogue and updatable synergy between the arts and the sciences. Through medical research into Epilepsy and visual artefact I trace the emergence of EEG in artworks. I will describe how artists’ work, including my own is harnessing the EEG signal, bridging various methods and arousing questions in art and human experience.