As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the NeuroTheatre Collective was premiered their “Demultiplexia”, a performance linking technology, neuroscience and arts, on 14 September.
“Demultiplexia” is an experimental multidisciplinary project wherein the brainwaves of the dancers created a real-time audio-visual product on stage. The viewers saw an associative story about two people communicating through shapes appearing on screens. These shapes are selected by a computer programme according to the emotions and emotional states of the dancers. The viewer can simultaneously look at the movements of the dancers, as well as their emotions, which are individually displayed using a Brain-Computer Interface.
Scientifically, the project explores several research directions including technology, choreography, psychology and cinematics. The Brain-Computer Interface is the future of non-verbal communication, which can be used in art to create interesting experiences.
“Demultiplexia” is a NeuroTheatre Collective project bringing together many international experts, and researchers from Tallinn University, including Associate Professor of Human-Computert Interaction Aleksander Väljamäe, Associate Professor of Dance Arts Tiina Ollesk, and Associate Professor of Dance Composition Renee Nõmmik. The premiere was part of the opening of the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival in Belgium.
Interactive sound: Alberto Novello
Interactive visual: Jyri Didevich
Dancers: Tiina Ollesk, Simo Kruusement
Producer, research holder: Aleksander Väljamäe
Supported by: Kultuurkapital, EV 100, Tallinn University