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Neuroscape’s Core team sees immense value in working with artists, musicians and film-makers to integrate our technologies and research findings in the creation of unique artistic expressions that highlight the natural beauty and wonder of the brain.

The Neuroscape Arts Division features exceptional collaborations that take place at the intersection of data processing, interactive media, art and design. Our recent projects have focused on recordings of brain structure and activity to generate aesthetically-rendered visualizations / sonifications. Notably, the GlassBrain – our award-winning, 3D-brain visualization – has captured the imagination of multiple artists, museums and film makers for both its aesthetic appeal and scientifically-valid representation of the brain.

We highlight several collaborations here: East Forest, Jodi Lomask, Lausanne Chamber Ochestra, Louie SchwartzbergMickey Hart, Rebecca Allen, Refik Anadol, Rob Garza.

We are always eager to engage in discussion with artists, musicians and film makers to explore creative new ways to evolve and share our artistic goals.

East Forest

East Forest – a musician and producer, specializes in presenting his musical creations to guide live audiences through healing journeys of deep introspection.

 

Nature Journey (2022-2023)

Schwartzberg and East Forest collaborated to contribute captivating nature videography and emotion-provoking music for Neuroscape’s Nature Journey – a multisensory presentation developed to explore how a digitally-delivered nature /music experience can improve wellbeing.

Team

Louie Schwartzberg and East Forest, Ted Zanto, Robin Carhart-Harris, Richard Campusano, Roger Anguera, Adam Gazzaley

Jodi Lomask

Synaptic Motion (2014)

Jodi Lomask, artistic director of the innovative dance company Capacitor.org, conceived and choreographed a wonderfully unique dance performance – SYNAPTIC MOTION – which was informed by pre-recorded and live GlassBrain stimulations created at Neuroscape. The neural recordings and artistic integration were facilitated by the engineering talents and vision of John Fesenko.

“Travel through a larger-than-life neural forest experiencing memories, future self projections, and mirror neurons in action, while Capacitor’s unique cast of dancers, acrobats, contortionists and aerialists challenge notions of the creative process.”

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Team

Jodi Lomask, Capacitor team, John Fesenko, Adam Gazzaley

‘Into the Neural Forest’ w Narration by Dr Adam Gazzaley (2022)

Journey through the birth of an idea with this behind-the-scenes look at Dance Film SF’s new Virtual Reality Co-Laboratory film INTO THE NEURAL FOREST.

Drawing from Capacitor’s full-evening live performance work “Synaptic Motion”, Into the Neural Forest is a collaboration between Capacitor’s Director/Choreographer/Sculptor Jodi Lomask and Adobe’s Director of Photography Bhautik Joshi. We took the strengths of what makes VR a unique medium – intimacy, emotion, immersion – and used these as guiding principles to create a powerful voyage through the birth of an idea.

Team

Jodi Lomask, Bhautik Joshi, Adam Gazzaley

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra

The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, has become one of today’s most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe. The OCL is a classical orchestra (an orchestra with about forty instrumentalists) influenced by the Mannheim school, covering a vast repertoire ranging from early Baroque to contemporary music.

Le Cerveau Enchanté (2019)

The “Le Cerveau enchanté” concert organized by the NeuroTech Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Clinical Neuroscience of the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Neuroscape at UCSF, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Rosey Concert Hall and the Leenaards Foundation aimed at presenting neuroscientific knowledge about the links between music, technology and the brain to the general public.

The concert took place on September 19, 2019, in the Rosey Concert Hall. Over 600 attendees learned about synesthesia, the emotional power of music, the impact of music on recovery of the brain and its therapeutic benefits. Unprecedented in the world of classical music, most elements of the evening were designed as interactive experiences through mobile applications preinstalled on the smartphones of the audience.

This event was not only a unique opportunity to disseminate neuroscientific knowledge about the power of music, but also allowed collecting a large ecological experimental data set on the effects of music on the brain. The NeuroTech Symphony, an international interdisciplinary conference at the crossroads of music, technology, aging and neurorehabilitation, was held in parallel to the concert.

The “Cerveau enchanté” and NeuroTech Symphony represented the kick-off events of a Neuroscape Alliance initiative led by Neuroscape@NeuroTech in Lausanne on integrating music with neurotechnology to advance neurorehabilitation in people with cognitive deficits due to brain damage, aging or neurodegeneration.

The concert included Petr Grivas playing Coherence on stage while the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra led by Jamie Phillips played the music for the game live.

Team

Arseny Solokov, Petr Grivas, Jamie Phillips, Adam GazzaleyRoger Anguera

Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg – a director, producer, and videographer, recognized as a pioneer of high-end, time-lapse cinematograph. He directed the 2019 film, Fantastic Fungi, and the 2014 Netflix series, Moving Art. His work focuses on connections between humans and nature and environment.

Nature Journey (2022-2023)

Schwartzberg and East Forest collaborated to contribute captivating nature videography and emotion-provoking music for Neuroscape’s Nature Journey – a multisensory presentation developed to explore how a digitally-delivered nature /music experience can improve wellbeing.

Team

Louie Schwartzberg and East Forest, Ted Zanto, Robin Carhart-Harris, Richard Campusano, Roger Anguera, Adam Gazzaley

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart – a musician, percussionist, scholar, author and public speaker, best known as a drummer in the legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead. Mickey has written books on the history and traditions of drumming throughout history, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame and is a three-time Grammy Award Winner.

In addition to the following collaborations, Mickey has long been Neuroscape’s rhythm muse and a philanthropic supporter of Coherence.

Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told (2018)

Hart shares his “sonifications of the universe, from the first rhythm of the Big Bang to the neural vibrations of the human brain” playing live on his Pythagorean Monochord (aka “the Beam”) while Emmart’s space visualizations and Neuroscape’s Glass Brain recordings of his brain are projected overhead in the Hayden Planetarium.

Team

Mickey Hart, Carter Emmart, Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

GlassBrain (2012-2016)

Hart is co-founder of the GlassBrain project, participating in its artistic creation, development and expansion into the internationally-acclaimed artistic expression it has become. He has shared his own real-time brain visualization/sonification with thousands of people, at venues as diverse as Congress, SXSW and NVIDIA GTC.

Team

Mickey Hart, Ben Yonas, Howard Cohen, Tim Mullen, Christian Kothe, John Fesenko, Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera, David Ziegler, Oleg Konings

 Neurodrummer (2014-2015)

Neurodrummer – an interactive, virtual reality, art piece, was performed by Mickey Hart with Dr. Gazzaley. It featured live sonifications of Mickey’s EEG brain recordings by Dr. Mark Ballora of Pennsylvania State University and Grateful Dead-inspired visualizations created by Matt Whitman and Mike Gonzales of Studio Bee.

Team

Mickey Hart, Matt Whitman, Mike Gonzales, Jonah Sharp, Mark Ballora, Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen – a media artist who works in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, wearable computing, large-scale performance and interactive experience design. Allen is professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and was founding chair of the department. Her artwork is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art NY. Awards include an Emmy.

Inside (2017)

Inside was a collaboration displayed at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It featured a walk inside a virtual brain with navigation to different areas related to emotions. Neuroscape collaborated by providing MRI scans, consultation and virtual reality integration of the brain models for Rebecca Allen to work with.

Team

Rebecca Allen, Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

Refik Anadol

Refik
Anadol – a
media
artist,
director,
and
leader
in
the
aesthetics
of
data
and machine
intelligence.
Using data as his primary material, he offers us radical visualizations as AI data
sculptures,
live
audiovisual
performances,
and
environmental
installations around the world.

Unsupervised (2022-2023)

Unsupervised – an art installation’s of Anadol on display at The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY from November 19, 2022 – March 05, 2023.  In a unique research collaboration with NeuroElectrics and Dr. Gazzaley – Exploring the Neural Impact of AI-Generated Art at MoMA: A Study on Refik Anadol’s Art – a cohort of visitors had EEG recordings before, during and after viewing Unsupervised. Data is currently being analyzed.

Installation view of Refik Anadol: Unsupervised, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 19, 2022 – March 5, 2023. © 2022 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Refik Anadol. Participant in MoMA: Photo – Neuroelectrics.

Refik Anadol on AI, Algorithms, and the Machine as Witness

Team

Refik Anadol, Adam Gazzaley, Eleni Kroupi, Ana Maiques, Giulio Ruffini, Aureli Soria-Frisch, Angel Blanco

Melting Memories (2018)

Melting Memories – a unique public art installation at the Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. This unique art piece at the intersection of machine learning and neuroscience applied Anadol’s unique algorithms in a collaboration with Dr. Gazzaley and Neuroscape to generate visual structures from EEG data while participants were instructed to focus on specific long-term memories during the recording process.

Team

Refik Anadol, Adam Gazzaley, Neuroelectrics

Rob Garza

Rob Garza – a musician and producer renowned for his boundary-pushing artistry, is best known for his role as  one-half of the pioneering duo Thievery Corporation. His music melds diverse genres and sounds coupled with thought-provoking lyrics that defy categorization.

Rhythmicity and Coherence (2015-2019)

Garza supported the development of Neuroscape’s rhythm intervention – Coherence – by generously sharing his musical creations. This is being studied as an approach to improve cognitive in both children and older adults.

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