'COGITO in Space' is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project by media artist Daniela de Paulis (danieladepaulis.com).
The project is staged at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands. One visitor at the time enters the cabin of the radio telescope and sends her or his brain activity into the cosmos while viewing an immersive video of an experimental interpretation the Earth seen from Space. The visitor is fitted with a sophisticated encephalogram (EEG) system and a virtual reality headset; the preparation is carried by three neuroscientists and takes approximately fifteen minutes. Once the preparation is completed, in real time the brain activity is converted into sound and transmitted into space by the artist, using the antenna of the Dwingeloo radio telescope pointing still. The brain activity is thus transmitted across a large portion of the sky, without a specific target, highlighting the Earth's rotation and our place in the cosmos while the experience takes place. Before entering the cabin and transmitting their brain waves into space, visitors are guided by a planetary scientist to explore the area surrounding the scientific facilities. The naturalistic visit is based on principles of Big History and aims at inspiring in the visitors a stronger sense of connection with the Earth's habitat, before symbolically leaving the planet.
Daniela de Paulis - artist, radio transmissions
Stephen Whitmarsh, Robert Oostenveld, Guillaume Dumas - neuroscientists
Sandro Bocci - film-maker, visual artist (juliasetlab.com)
Images by Sandro Bocci, Giuseppe Petruzzellis