Luciana Haill

Brainwaves Augmenting Consciousness

Artworks

‘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


Fine Art:
Dreamachines‘Flickering Phrontesterion’ : Dream Machine’s percipient’s EEG (sonified) interactive installation.

A Syncretic artwork first shown in 2014 in The Kinetica Art Fair London. In this interactive, participatory artwork the Brainwaves of participants are monitored whilst experiencing a classic kinetic sculpture spinning atop a record player known as a ‘Dream Machine’, invoking the phenomena Flicker (8-10 hz cycles) via neurofeedback. The resulting increased Hypnagogic & Hypnopompic brainwaves of Alpha and Theta are fed-back to the participant as changes in the generative sonification. Emergent sonic guides and voices recede, new ideas come to the fore, in a secluded space, eyes closed, reclined in an air-pumped Dentist chair, they float back down, where time disappeared –  experiencing Reverie, increased Theta waves. Feedback has shown increased relaxation, refreshed creativity and non linear thinking. This installation has been exhibited at many different locations – click here and view all of these places with photos and videos


14519840_10153784024217791_1278337138414855742_n ‘SleepCycles’ : (Mixed media and EEG)
A Mixed media installation exploring dreaming, reverie and consciousness comprised of the brainwave (EEG) visualisation of a vivid dream recorded by the artist, video-mapped and projected over an oversized book accompanied by a series of ready-mades and personal architectural pen illustrations. The main piece shows a software visualisation of brainwave data with Theta waves and REM (rapid eye movement ) eye oscillations, it is a continuation of the 5 stages of sleep made by a series of domed glass cloches. Sitting atop 2 rolls of pianola paper, they protect delicate dream fragments and contain the ‘NREM’ stages 1-4 of sleep (including a 14 million year old fragment of Bohemian meteorite, Moldavite, Zincite and and Agate in two hemispheres). Surrounded by a further 15 ‘Oneirical’ fine ink illustrations in a variety of vintage frames, made from prolonged states of Reverie since 2014. The soundtrack combines generative EEG triggered sounds over a distant echoing piano played over a long evening.. never ending. (more)

Shows :
(i) SleepCycles,  ‘Technology is not neutral’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2016
(ii) SleepCycles, ‘Technology is not neutral’, Watermans Gallery, London, 2016-2017


Bible‘REM / The Lucid Dream’ : SleepCycles’ – Video installation.
This is the main piece, the final stage displaying a movie of the actual brainwaves (EEG) recorded during this dream event by the artist,  and visualised using specialist software into 3D waves. It is then data-mapped and projected onto an oversized bible mounted on a shelf onto the wall. The eye movements in REM and Theta waves in dreaming can clearly be seen.  File length : 2 minutes 45 seconds.
Here is a link to a video

 



‘Augur & Astro’ :
a series of readymades encapsulating contemplating the embodiment of Mind.

‘Theosophical Selfie’
Exploring notions of self importance and obsolescence, from theosophical readings from The Lodge writings by Madame Blavatsky and current steganography. The Xray is almost obsolete being replaced by digital media to facilitate its primary role, however more uses can be made from a sheet of this silver substrate containing material.


‘HighTeA’ 

Psychedelic & ceremonial vessels for partaking in consciousness raising dedoctions are often decorative, and kept for posterity. This group of objects begin extra tiny and assemble dangerously atop each other making a totem pole of vintage tea cups. One is embellished with Gingko biloba leaves and another green vine motifs, selected following a series of dreams when this colour and plant were omnipresent.

‘The Augur’
A tiny resin model of the brain is 1/11 scale ( appropriately in keeping with sonic and EEG research the artist conducted with Brian Barritt and Flinton Chalk in 2005 ) is semi enclosed in vintage glass presentation cases, but it too small to be human. The photos show its gradual emergence, almost appearance levitating on a rocker spring, or trapped inside a display case as it provokes enquiry about how consciousness can be embodied, protected and extended, and a value attached for all time.

More photos of all readymades here:



slumber with a key.jpg‘Slumber with a key’
: Sleepcycles – The Hypnagogic.
A readymade originally shown in the above named show in 2016, inspired from Salvador Dali’s well practised technique of having a siesta in a chair with 2 keys in hands and 2 plates below, to capture with a bang the moment the first stage of sleep occurs. This is ‘The Hypnagogic state’ – where bizarre content and surrealist quality score highly when examined within the setting of a sleep laboratory.  This piece comprises of a vintage Swedish monk’s chair is from the 1950s and atop it hangs a Victorian linnet cage, shaped like a hot air balloon, a floating palace to offer refuge to the fleeing dreams within its swirling wire confines. Price upon request

 

 


guido_luciana1The Creation of the strobes: SPILL, UK : Performance
The Old Police cells in Ipswich provided a eerily atmospheric performance space with the”mirrored room” for identity parades, I displayed skull X-rays along the glass and used this entry point  into my 30 minutes journey. I had EEG triggered voices about views on the afterlife from tribes and other times through a PA and drew a ‘3D doodle’ mask to wear based on another X-ray attached to a Light Book. I also stood inside the bird-cage reading to myself the same book before beginning, to set the right space cognitively and attached the electrodes to my forehead using an antique vanity mirror in view of the audience. Then I set about creating my mask.
Click here for Photos on Flickr
More photos and read about the performative installation here

 


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The Creation of the strobes
: Waag, NL :
The first performance of my work inspired by the painting “The creation of the birds” (pictured) by Spanish artist Remedios Varos, exiled to Mexico in the 1950s. It affected my styling as I evoked the character from her painting, channeling other worldly elemental and audible streams with Scientific strobe lights as my guides and masters, a slave to an EEG hidden behind the bird mask, the live sonification filled the high-dome of the Waag society chamber.

 


Analogue Oneironism (Dream Machine’s percipient EEG sonified) : 2009- 2012

Psi-chic Sonifications – The Future of Sound tour, 2006-2009

Phantasmagoria : EEG sound installation, 1995


‘Angels and New Jerusalem and Madonnas and Future Budhas’ – Aldous Huxely.

Oneiricals & Revelations : 2015-2016
A series of Fine line drawings from Lucid dreams and liminal states of consciousness.
Mexico : 2012 – 2013
Drawings produced during one of several trips whilst experiencing a long distance relationship.
Form constants : Monotone paintings made during strobe lighting conditions. A series of spontaneous canvas drawings made in permanent marker pen and black ink during 8Hertz strobe light effect, the rhythm emerged where the narratives continuity became disturbed.
The beginning : 1990-92
Drawings completed during formal art school education, outside of the curriculum.


Experimental :

cherub_Luciana_gong.JPGCherub and Tim Wheater – Gong and sound experiences 2016
Gong baths, tuning forks, choreographed 45 minute percussion and instrumental sound journeys – measuring the EEG of 2 participants in London. Photos, videos and more to follow next week ( end of July)

 


 

IMG_9508Harold Chapman, Dreamachines in Deal, 2014-2015
Following an informal meeting with the photographer Harold Chapman and partner Clare in 2014 arranged by Bronac Ferran, I gave a demonstration with Dreamachines to Harold and friends in The MOMI and stories started to be recalled from his time with its inventor Brion Gysin in The Beat Hotel, Paris over 50 years ago. I am collecting these to add to a show I intent to hold in 2016 celebrating Reverie through this iconic kinetic light sculpture.

 


L1150936Arthur Brown: voice, dance and remixing PsychoSonic work, 2013-2015
Exploring EEG in realtime music composition, story telling, remixing multi layered tracks and looking to create a new performative sound & artwork for 2016. Following a debut show in Norway and large public outing in Bestival 2015 we are learning how the public engage, and importantly believe and trust what we do is real and not weirdly choreographed !

 


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Augmented Consciousness experiments with portable EEG, 2007 – 2015
From interviewing people on dream recall, particularly Lucid dreaming whilst monitoring their EEG in public Art, Technology and Science events, The Institute for Unnecessary Research, Flying, Night clubs, festivals and retreats. I performed sonified EEG first in 2007 during a tour in The Future of Sound led by Martyn Ware. This led to research into 111Hz sound with Flinton Chalk and Brian Barritt in 2008. See a video here of EEG session with Brian.

 


IMG_5771Brain-Tunings, Singing bowls, Pineal, Preying Mantis, 2014
Sound healer Sarah Evans allowed me to record her with binaural microphones, as well as providing sonic space for our Morphology workshops in Lucid Dreaming held in Hastings between October 2013 and May 2014. I also recorded her EEG during a session of crystal bowls and will document all of that here soon.

 


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Dreamachine: extended play to buy : a special 45 rpm acrylic Dreamachine template, the hexagonal multi- LED economical, retina friendly bulb, and a candle stick twist electrical cable of 5m or 10m length, posted in a tube, you provide the record player, a Dreamachine kit for sale to everyone. Buy here

 


I am working with brainwave monitors to explore cognitive changes in meditation, relaxation, inspiration, sleeping and dreaming. I transmit in realtime and create installations, performances and workshops that display a deeper exploration of cognitive changes. These have occurred internationally including in CENART in Mexico City, The Waag Amsterdam, iMal in Brussels, The October Gallery, Science Museum and Royal Institute in London and FACT in Liverpool. If you would like to buy an artwork, enquire or make a booking  please make contact here.


‘‘The flurry of waking activity comes and goes; the inertia of sleep comes and goes. Yet, throughout these changing values of waking and sleeping, there is a silent, unbounded continuum of awareness that is me; I am never lost to myself.’’

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