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"DEMULTIPLEXIA" neurotheatre performance as STARTS collaboration study case

BrainDance performance "Demuliplexia" had its premier on 14th of September at Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, BEAF'17 in Brussels. It happened within the framework of EU2017.EE - Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and 100 years of Estonian republic, EV100.EE.

Picture copyright - Erik Norkroos

NeuroTheatre Collective DEMULTIPLEXIA from erik norkroos on Vimeo.

The work on the performance started actively from March 2017. TLU team of BrainHack used this work as a platform to observe
and learn from art-science collaborations that often took place as short (2-3 day) or long-term residencies of several months (e.g. work with Mr. Yury Didevich, Dr. Alberto Novello and Fine 5 dance company).

Technically, in DEMULTIPLEXIA performance two dancers are connected via wearable EEG headsets (gtec Nautilus, 8-channel) to a neurocinematic system, in which audio-visual material is interactively assembled based on the reactions from this two identities. The audience will be able to follow the fight of multiple personalities on the screens and will know the possible resolution of the story.

Scientifically, we explore several research directions. First, it is semantic and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technologies where dancers adapt to the BCI technology that they use over several month. Second, we explore the ideas of neurochoreography, where apart from movement expression, dancers now also have an additional expression channel based on their physiological state. Third, we explore neurocinematic system where physiology based real-time montage is based on the database cinema concepts.

The most important in this performance is that it represents a living experiment on the stage, cybernetic system uniting several people, outside the scientific lab conditions. Such example of art-science collaboration in the theatre demonstrates completely new possibilities to the neuroscientific research where different paradigms can be prototyped, tested and changed in a convenient way. Detailed scientific and popular science articles on the "DEMULTIPLEXIA" are on the way.