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Hack the Brain Dublin (June 9-11th 2017) is an immersive creative hackathon weekend in Science Gallery Dublin which aims to get artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, engineers and developers working together in transdisciplinary teams to develop ideas into prototype artworks, objects, inventions or interfaces which use or harness brain signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.

CLICK HERE for all information about how to submit an idea to the open call, or to simply sign up as a participant.

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Hacking the Brain – Advancing Neuroscience through art

Lucas Evers and Martijn Arts

Can art and science collaborations lead to better understanding of neuroscience and neurotechnologies? Artists, scientists, hackers and the public collaborate on creative, ethical and no-clinical neurotech applications.

Date Tuesday April 4
Time 12.45 – 13.30
Location: Aula Lecture Hall D, TU/delft
Language: English

Hack the Brain Dublin June 9-11th 2017

Explore the art & science of brain-generated signals in the heart of Dublin city! Enjoy summer in Dublin the same way as the Irish do – indoors, out of the rain!

WHAT: Create, explore, connect, learn, hack and build. Two full days in Dublin to experiment with brain-generated signals through the lens of art and science.
WHEN: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th of June (kick-off event Friday evening 9th of June)
WHERE: Science Gallery Dublin, Pearse St, Dublin 2 (on Trinity College Dublin campus)
WHO: Artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, engineers, developers, hackers, makers and anyone interested in exploring art and science using brain-generated signals.

Hack the Brain Dublin is an immersive creative weekend in Science Gallery Dublin which aims to get artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, developers and engineer working together in transdisciplinary teams to develop ideas into prototype artworks, objects, inventions or interfaces which use or harness brain signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.
Teams work together to explore, collaborate, converse, and make work together over the course of the weekend. It doesn’t have to be complete or perfect, but something new will be made.

From March 31st until May 8th, Science Gallery Dublin will invite submissions for Hackathon project ideas. 6 ideas will be selected by the curatorial panel, comprising representatives from the BrainHack consortium. Winning ideas will be announced May 12th. There will be a travel/accommodation bursary of up to €500 for the selected ideas.

Preliminary Schedule:
Friday June 9th:
15.00-18.00: BCI clinic (drop-in workshops)
18.00-20.00: Kick-off with invited speakers & jury members, introduction to projects from team leaders
20.00-late: Social

Saturday June 10th:
09.00-20.00: Hacking (including intermediate pitching sessions)

Sunday June 10th:
09.00-18.00: Hacking
18.00-19.00: Final pitches
19.30-20.00: Awards ceremony
20.00-late: Social event

Sign up here to receive a reminder email when the general registration and Open Call for projects for Hack the Brain Dublin goes live: https://goo.gl/forms/pQLmdzRYtawsP8cT2

For more information contact mairead.hurley@dublin.sciencegallery.com

Photo credit: Memory of a Brain Malformation by Katharine Dowson, part of TRAUMA at Science Gallery Dublin.

Fashion on Brainwaves

Jasna Rokegem’s Fashion on Brainwaves (FOB) tries to connect fashion an brain technologies. Using BCI’s connected to clothing FOB tries to find new modes to communicate someones mood through what she, he is wearing.
I am curious about her next applications where FOB not only shows a general visualisation of the mood of the wearer, but makes someone really understand that mood. You can find more about it on the project’s website.

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Also the Focus Factory project in which Rokegem was involved in 2015, 2016 is interesting. Focus Factory promises to measure your work focus in order to make you work more effectively and as such it is an interesting case of non-clinical use of BCI. I am curious about whether the team that made it has thoughts about the ethics of such an application as it may not be you who uses is for your benefit, but your employer, who might be oonly interested to boost you productivity for coprorate interest.

BRAINHACK.ORG GLOBAL 2 – 7 March 2017

BRAINHACK.ORG GLOBAL

Currently the BRAINHACK.ORG project is having its global event from March 2nd until March 7th 2017

Check http://events.brainhack.org/global2017/locations.html#boston

In the following countries activites are happening: China, Singapore, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Brzail, Chili.

See more on www.brainhack.org

Other than our BrainHack / Hack the Brain project BRAINHACK.ORG does not deal so much with the collaboration between the arts, design, neurosciences and neurotechnology, but more with neurosciences and neurotech as such and it therefore offers a great and immense source of knowledge, also for something we may call neuro arts.

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Fashion and Brainwaves – works of Jasna Rok

Jasna Rokegem’s Fashion on Brainwaves (FOB) tries to connect fashion an brain technologies. Using BCI’s connected to clothing FOB tries to find new modes to communicate someones mood through what she, he is wearing.
I am curious about her next applications where FOB not only shows a general visualisation of the mood of the wearer, but makes someone really understand that mood.

You can find more about it on www.jasnarok.com

Also the Focus Factory project in which Rokegem was involved in 2015, 2016 is interesting. Focus Factory promises to measure your work focus in order to make you work more effectively and as such it is an interesting case of non-clinical use of BCI. I am curious about whether the team that made it has thoughts about the ethics of such an application as it may not be you who uses is for your benefit, but your employer, who might be oonly interested to boost you productivity for coprorate interest.

www.jasnarok.com/future/#project-focus-factory

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Alvin Lucier at MAERZ Musik 16 – 26 March Berlin

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues is a music festival dedicated to the politics of time, will show works of Alvin Lucier again, including his early 1960’s works where he pioneered with BCI as an interface between human consciousness and an automated orchestra.

Featuring concerts, performances, installations, film presentations and discourse formats, the 10-day festival provides a transdisciplinary platform for listening and thinking together.

Alvin Lucier (March 20, 21, 24, 25, 26)
American sound pioneer and composer Alvin Lucier will be present during the entire period of the festival, performing important works since the 1960s, among them the world premiere of a new version of the spatial composition “Clocker.”

Pier Luigi Capucci lectured about Luciers BCI art works during the hackathon in Prague, December 3 2017.

March 16 – 26, 2017, Berlin
www.berlinerfestispiele.de

FET Open Project, Luminous, and Hacking Consciousness

The overall mission of the FET Open project, Luminous, is to probe the limits of non-invasive computer-to-brain interfaces by carrying out research using improved brain stimulation paradigms to explore fundamental neuroscience questions and applications, and by designing and testing more powerful, controllable and safe non-invasive brain stimulation technologies.

The project relates to the winning project from the first Hack the Brain Hackathon in Amsterdam in 2014 that proposed we will be able to consciously experience and affect our dreams. It also relates to the work of Stuart Hameroff who is working with stimulation using ultrasound.

Interested in learning more? Have a look at the official website for project Luminous.

Workshop at DSI conference in Rome

Jurre Ongering and Lucas Evers of Waag Society will be presenting on the topic of BCIs at the upcoming Digital Social Innovation Fair in Rome. They will be part of the Collaborative Making, Art And Creativity workshop on 2 February 2017. During the workshop, they will discuss how brain-computer-interfaces (BCIs) might offer meaningful interaction for digital social innovation.

While the tickets for the event are already sold out, the event will be streamed online.

Critical Neuroscience

Worth reading www.critical-neuroscience.org, a website about how to go about critical in the still relatively young field of neuroscience, that holds so many enormous promisses about how it will change how we understsand ourselves. The Critical Neurosciences project is from 2010 and is not continued, however the site still contains some interesting articles and links to a communicty that looks at neurosciences in a culturel context often overlooked by the neurotechnology developments, but important for understanding impact and societal ramifications of this developing field of knowledge and technology.