Inhibition - Workshop for EEG-empowered interfaces
Inhibition - Workshop for EEG-empowered interfaces
Led by Marinos Koutsomichalis (GR)
20-22.09.2017, 14:00 - 17:00, studio 60, NAA
Presentation of workshop results: 22.09.2017, 18:00-19:00, Studio 7, NAA

Within the festival, the media artist Marinos Koutsomichalis will hold a workshop in which he will present the technology behind his project "Inhibition".
Inhibition revolves around an ‘intelligent’ headset that is capable of EEG (electroencephalography), algorithmic sound synthesis and machine learning. With the headset on, neurophysical activity is constantly monitored and those particular kinds of sounds that are most likely to inhibit concentration are generated, hindering direct man-machine coupling and destabilising the subject’s cerebral rhythms. In this way a new kind of uncanny ‘meta-mind’ is brought forth, one that is enacted on top of machine learning schemata, neuro-feedback and bio-technological autopoiesis. 
In this way, Inhibitions seeks to demystify and to democratise the technologies it revolves around, to inaugurate a creative interlocking between the artist and audiences and, eventually, to become an inter-disciplinary playground where paradigms of emergent, hybrid and synergetic bio-technologically produced cognisance may be tried out.
Within the framework of the workshop, the artist will share the technology he developed, following the principle of open software / hardware and help participants develop their own electroencephalographic interfaces.
Invited to participate are all interested in the field of visual and digital arts, music and performing arts, architecture, design, biotechnology and IT.

"Inhibition has been commissioned by Ars Electronica and the Onassis Cultural Centre."