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The participatory exhibition invites the public to explore the implications of technologically mediated somatic practice. Through electrophysiological interfacing (i.e. EEG sensors) visitors are offered an experience of their brainwave data, networked through an audio-visual, scientifically calculated, experience. The immersive installation invites participants to reflect on the social, cultural, economic, and ecological implications of bio-information mined through health applications and personal devices. It asks how big data analytics, automation, and AI, are shaping sensory experience and relationality through a capitalist market of health applications.
Bodies have moved in, and through, myriad perspectives since Decartes’ dualist viewpoint that mind/consciousness was separate from the material body. Today, connectionist models of the mind, a subspecies of Cartesian thought, explain and explore cognitive function through the same lexicon as artificial neural network systems. Our original dualistic approach to the sensing-body, which was enriched by Newton’s three laws of motion, universal gravitation, and the invention of calculus, has culturally informed our understanding of our somatosensory-self. It has fundamentally configured a body-knowledge, passed down through the DNA of our ancestors. From Dualism to Connectionism, we carry our bodies through cultures of the mind that misalign our sensorial experience.
Artistic Director: ashley middleton
Technical Director: Aga Czeszumska
Research & Development: EDGE: Neuroscience & Art, Dr Laura Kaltwasser, Enya Weidner
Curator: Vanessa Giorgo
Generously supported by:
Arts Council England, OpenBCI
ashley middleton is an artist, researcher, and curator; working in a range of media, including photography, sound, sculpture, and installation. Her multidisciplinary projects explore psyche, soma, quantum entanglement, and the production of world-matter through a posthuman feminist phenomenological perspective. Drawing on inspiration from disparate perspectives - such as those of Katherine Hayles, Astrida Neimanis, Donna Haraway and Karen Barad - her work considers how bodies are assembled in, and through, the intra-connections of matter, molecule, and media. Rhizomatic methodologies, embodiment practices, and cosmic attunements are fundamental to the research and production of her work.
4-6 Drayson Mews, Kensington, London W8 4LY
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