‘‘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.’’
Fine Art ( interactive, digital and performative ) :
‘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)
(i) SleepCycles, ‘Technology is not neutral’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2016
(ii) SleepCycles, ‘Technology is not neutral’, Watermans Gallery, London, 2016
‘Flickering Phrontisterion’ : (Dream Machine’s percipient EEG sonified)
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.
View images from various shows here and videos from site specific installations:
(i) Phrontesterion, The Kinetica Art Fair, London, 2014
(ii) Phrontesterion, The Transmission Symposium, Bournemouth, 2015
(iii) Phrontesterion ‘I AM THAT I AM’, KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia, 2015
(iv) Phrontesterion ‘I AM THAT I AM’, The Royal Academy, London, 2015
(v) Phrontesterion, ‘I AM THAT I AM’, Frequency Festival, Lincoln, 2015
(vi) Phrontesterion, ‘I AM THAT I AM’, Technology is not neutral, London, 2016
(vii) Phrontesterion, ‘I AM THAT I AM I ?’, Real/Virtual Festival, London, 2017
The Creation of the strobes: SPILL, UK : 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.
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More photos and read about the performative installation here
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.
Cherub 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)
Harold 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.
Arthur 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 !
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.
Brain-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.
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.