Kissing Data Symphony

Karen Lancel, Hermen Maat - 2018 - 20 min.

Can I kiss you online? You can if you wear an EEG headset that measures your brain activity. This way, the kiss can be translated into a visual soundscape and be downloaded.

With the Kissing Data Symphony, creators Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat have made a neurofeedback system for kissing. Kissing used to be a personal, intimate interaction between two persons, but the Kissing Data Symphony changes this. It collects all the kissing data, but immediately asks questions about who the owner of the digital kiss really is. In live experiments, visitors are invited to assume the roles of Kisser or Spectator and wear an EEG headset. The Kissers’ brainwaves are processed in real time into floor projections, and the collective brain activity creates a visual data environment, which is then translated into an algorithm for a soundscape. Each unique EEG soundscape is stored and can be downloaded by all participants. A selection of data visualisations can be printed as Portrait of a Kiss.

Kissing Data Symphony (2018) is part of a long-term project. The latest version utilises new multi-brain technology. Kissing Data Symphony premiered in 2018 at the Austrian Art Elextronica Linz festival and won the 2019 Global AI Art Competition. The project was also shown at the Dutch Design Week and the South Korean ISEA festival.

Opening times Saturday the 28th through Thursday the 3rd 14:00 - 15:30 and 17:00 - 18:30. The performances on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th will be done by makers Karen Lancel en Hermen Maat. Kissing Data Symphony is on display at IMPAKT, centre for media culture.

Credits

Director(s) Karen Lancel
Hermen Maat
Producer(s) Karen Lancel
Hermen Maat
Production Company Lancel/Maat
Co-production Company
Stichting Steim (studio voor electro-instrumentale muziek)
Research
Participatory Systems Initiative | Delft University of Technology
Waag Society Amsterdam
TASML Tsinghua University Beijing
Stichting Steim (studio voor electro-instrumentale muziek)
Baltan Laboratories Eindhoven
Digital Synaestesia Group | University of Applied Art Vienna
Worlding the Brain | UvA Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum
NWO | Netherlands Organisation for applied Research
TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
Philips Nederlands B.V.
Sound on Set
Lancel/Maat
Stichting Steim (studio voor electro-instrumentale muziek)
Thijs Ham
Distribution
Lancel/Maat
Public Art Lab Berlin
Still Photography
Lancel/Maat
Choreography
Lancel/Maat
Concept Development
Lancel/Maat
Graphic Design
Lancel/Maat
Interface and Interaction Design
Lancel/Maat
Technical Realisation
Lancel/Maat
Stichting Steim (studio voor electro-instrumentale muziek)
Fourtress Eindhoven
Waag Society Amsterdam
Holst Centre Eindhoven
Eagle Science Amsterdam
Web Development
Lancel/Maat
Production Country
Netherlands, Latvia, Austria, China