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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.

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 (Nautilus) 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


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.

Author: Aleksander Valjamae