2ch – vtol // brain to brain communication


Dmitry Morozov is a Russian multidisciplinary artist based in Moscow. His work is based around media arts including sound and robotics.

2ch is an interactive instrument of communication between 2 people using brainwaves. The brainwaves are measured using the headset, which is an EEG (electroencephalogram) reader. It is a sensor that is used to measure electricity in our brains. Our brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when asleep.
The recorded electrical activities will be translated into sound, motion and video images.
The 2 users connected to the machine are supposed to synchronize their minds, guided by pitch, mechanical motion and visualization.

The point of modern day computer interfaces is to connect our brains to the system/computer interface. An example is a mouse and a keyboard that we can use to translate our thoughts into data that can be seen or heard. The surface acts as a bridge for us to connect with other people.
This project, however, works as a brain to brain interface, which skips the step of having this bridge by allowing the EEG headset to “read” the data (thoughts) in our minds directly and outputting them to the other user.
I feel that that communication in this sense becomes more raw and pure, because translation in any form can never be 100% accurate. Comparing to us using an interface and telling it what we are thinking and letting the interface read our minds directly, the latter will probably have a lower loss in translation.
In vtol’s words himself, “the machine is not the end point of your thoughts, but the mediator to another person”.
Pictures: http://vtol.cc/filter/works/2ch

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