Neu-collective consciousness

Bio-feedback, control & experimentation

Logan & Wilcox - Decode London

Neu-collective consciousness

Technology has become a force of control, creating a society inflated by stress, isolation and confusion. The body, the mind and its environment now sit disconnected to one another with little if any regards to time and space. The challenge is to find novel ways to compliment, extend and enrich the body, mentally, physically and socially. Reestablishing the connections between artist, audience and artwork. In 2016 we developed a series of experiments, which aimed to explore the roles assigned to artist and audience in the conventional modes of creative production. Elucidating the interdependencies between artists as producers and the audiences as consumers. More specifically the experiments investigated the interrelationship between the two by generating, observing and manipulating a biofeedback loop established between the audience members.

The installation implements a psychophysical system made up of neuro headsets and heart rate monitors which collect biometric data (EEG and ECG) and use these as triggers for sonic and visual channels which are projected back into the performance space. Making the participants aware of their own unconscious behaviours.

The system alters its processes and outcomes to a set of choices and actions signified by each individual interacting in the performance space. The level of authority will vary from participants and audience, oscillating the control each have over the audio-visual output generated. Each person in the room will be controlling a part of the performance, working independently and collectively to generate the output, establishing a Neu Collective consciousness.

  • Location : Liverpool
  • Venue : Everyman Theatre
  • Year : 2016