ART
An interactive art experiment exploring alternative, unusual and futuristic communication methods between people.
SCIENCE
By using brain-to-computer interfaces and virtual reality devices, we connect people in a social situation which is digital by nature.
EXPERIENCE
From this digital-social experience, new light is cast on the ideas of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation.
PROJECT
Weight of Words is an interactive art installation/experiment/performance setting out to explore alternative, unusual and futuristic communication methods between people. By use of brain-to-computer interfaces and virtual reality devices, two participants are connected in a new kind of social situation which is digital by nature. From this standpoint, new light is cast on the ideas of mutual respect, trust, honesty and cooperation. The project was funded by the 2014 Kitchen Budapest Talent Program.
OUR EQUIPMENT
SOFTWARE
BRAIN SENSOR
SOUND FEEDBAC
VIRTUAL REALITY DEVICE
CONCEPT
INSTALLATION
In our experiment, the two people are focused on completing a task. One person is wearing an Oculus Rift, a Head-Mounted Virtual Reality (VR) device, while the other is using an EMOTIV Epoc (EEG) brain sensor. In utilizing high-end gaming equipment and hacking them a little bit our goal is to create a digital environment where our basic social emotions such as sympathy, trust and reliability are shown in a new context. They don’t know it, but the task cannot be completed without the two people cooperating and trusting each other. Traditional ways of communication are cut off, they need to find their own way around it, or make up their new communication system.

The task is relatively simple: there is a giant virtual rock floating right above the VR user’s head which is mirroring the moment-to-moment mental state of the EEG user. Between the two users communication is limited. The VR user, in order to avoid getting smashed by the rock, needs to somehow influence the EEG user.

If the EEG user is put into a good, relaxed or joyful mood the rock evaporates into a shiny soap bubble. On the other hand, if the EEG user gets frustrated or seriously angry the rock comes down on the VR user and ends the game. So the task is to save the person wearing the VR from getting smashed by a huge virtual rock.
Communication is intentionally twisted: through a microphone, the EEG user will hear whatever sound the VR user makes. The EEG user cannot ask or answer any question, his only task is to sit comfortably, eyes-closed with the brain sensor on, and listen closely on what he or she says. The only sense of feedback coming from the EEG user is the background ambient noise that changes according to the most dominant state of mind such as frustration or engagement. The brain sensor will also pick up a variety of facial expressions like smile, frown, raised eyebrows, etc.

Can the person with the EEG sensor control her brain consciously to save the other person from the virtual levitating mass? Can the VR user successfully control the other person’s mind with her voice? Can they trust each other in this digital realm?
ON DISPLAY

KÉP ÉS KÉPTELENSÉG

2014. november 17. – 2015. február 28.

1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 8.

Az installáció hazsnálatához, előzetes

reigsztráció szűkséges, amit a Capa Központ

oldalán történik!

YOUNIVERSE
KITCHEN BUDAPEST TALENT PROGRAM 2014
LÁSZLÓ KISS (33)
Budapest, Hungary
husband, creative, programmer,
musician, dj, mentor, curator…
Graduated at Anglia Ruskin University
majoringin Creative Music Technology
PORTFOLIO
CSONGOR DOMBOVÁRI (25)
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest
film director
Arts University Bournemouth, UK
KATA KEREKES (26)
Budapest, Hungary
graphic designer
Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design
PORTFOLIO
SÁNDOR MAKRA (25)
Budapest, Hungary
student of electrical engeneering
at Óbuda University
RÉKA HARSÁNYI (0)
Budapest, Hungary
media designer, lecturer Dla
candidate at the Hungarian Academy
of Fine Arts focusing on biosensors
and interaction design.
PORTFOLIO
'WEIGHT OF WORDS'
by
YOUNIVERSE
Opens on 17th November in Budapest, Hungary at
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