BrainHack: Bringing the arts and sciences of brain and neural computer interface together

We witness a rapid development of brain/neural computer interaction (BNCI) research, including hyperscanning and collaborative BNCIs. At the same time, a growing community of international artists is exploring the boundaries of brain physiology based interaction in cinema, theatre and interactive installations. Artists address questions of BNCI ethics and aesthetics which are often overlooked by scientists but which spur general public discussion. 

Simultaneously we here the voices of BCI research community, especially young researchers, reasoning for collaboration with technologically oriented artists, which is not meeting proper response from institutions.

This project's objective is to organize the international artistic community, experimenting with BNCI technologies and link it to the BNCI scientific community. We will center our activities around a series of enhanced hackathons with incubation support programme for young researchers. Hackathons will be used as a platform to stimulate learning and exchange between artists, scientists and BNCI technology providers. 

The tangible outcomes of these workshops will be:

  1. new spinal projects of young creatives with potential for further development;
  2. wide media coverage of these events;
  3. new application ideas and technological requirements for BNCI technology providers (e.g. open source software);
  4. new scientific insights;
  5. ethical reflection on (artistic) applications of BNCI.

This project aims to bring the nascent artistic BNCI exploration to a new level of scientific and technological awareness, in turn raising public awareness of new neuroscientific tools and pushing the technology for exploring new applications inspired by artistic projections. BrainHack and the project BrainBeliefs both belong to the efforts of Waag Society to prove that art, design and creative research, together with neuroscience and technology, can lead to societal meaningful collaborations and results.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 686987.

Coordinator: TU Delft, other participants are: Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland), Artshare (Portugal), Fondazione Santa Lucia (Italy) and T.S.R. ACT SRO (Czech Republic).

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01-01-2016 tot 31-12-2017