A Collaborative Interactive Project at 188 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
May 31, 2013, 8pm-12am
Phillip Baldwin - creative director
Eric Engoron, Ryan Walsh - programming
Sara Sun - video
When our hominid ancestors stood up on their hind feet, this left their hand free for all sorts of explorations in the realm of ‘technos’. Tens of thousands of year’s later incredible works have been accomplished. Vast cities were built, delicate surgery performed, virtuosic violins played, lovers caressed, triggers pulled, and great literary works written with this ‘useless’ appendage of a creature that now walked the savannas and left the trees. The next step…. as a ‘trope’, illustration, and discourse is to explore the advancement of the mind as an entity that ‘moves physical reality around with motion created and compelled by will’.
This interactive neurosensing project explores narrative and imagistic ‘paths’ of the human psyche through expressive digital media, as well as the new uses of a recent, inexpensive interface with the telematic world: the emotion reading Neurosensor.
With this installation that contextualizes emotions, projected images of the landscape of the mind and body, linear and non linear video, urban milieu, architecture, telematic globalism, interpersonal psychology are moved with the mindwaves with present and past ‘triggers’ to individuals ‘hooked up’ to the system, the computer, and to the telematic world.
What makes narrative building? Is memory emotional ‘way finding’ within the landscape of narratives? How do we reflect the ‘spirit of the times’ within our narrative building? Do we control Technos or are we controlled by it? The American philosophical tradition toward Technos has an important implicit legacy here as this project harkens to the transcendentalists such as Thoreau, Emerson, and other philosopher/ writers of counter cultural traditions. This is a timely project of a multimedia and audience participatory kind that speaks of how ‘modular’ life goals, memory, emotion, and a trace of free will, are arranged in combination with technocracy and the city toward the purpose of social transformation.