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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: Lausanne Chamber Ochestra, Mickey Hart, Jodi Lomask, Refik Anadol, Rebecca Allen.

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.

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra

The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, has continued to spread its wings to 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 19 September 2019 in the Rosey Concert Hall. The 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.


Arseny Solokov
Petr Grivas
Jamie Phillips
Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart, percussionist of the Grateful Dead, has been Neuroscape’s artistic muse, as well as an active collaborator and supporter of the Rhythmicity technology and research project. His insightful perspectives of rhythm as pervasive and critical in every aspect of our lives continues to inspire our team in every way.

Mickey Hart Presents Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told (2018)

Mickey Hart explores 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.


Mickey Hart
Carter Emmart
Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

GlassBrain Project (2012-2016)

Mickey 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.


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

 Neurodrummer Project (2014-2015)

Neurodrummer, an interactive, virtual reality, art piece, was performed by Mickey Hart for several live performances 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 design leads Matt Whitman and Mike Gonzales of Studio Bee.


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

Mickey Hart. A musician, percussionist, scholar, author and public speaker; he is 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.

Jodi Lomask

Synaptic Motion (2014)

Jodi Lomask, artistic director of the innovative dance company, 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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Jodi Lomask, Capacitor team
John Fesenko
Adam Gazzaley

Jodi Lomask. Founder of science and technology dance company Capacitor. Has choreographed, designed, and directed performance works that have
toured to nine countries, over 50 cities and has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles, TECHTV, and KQED TV. Lomask has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, TED, SFO, Computers and Structures, the California Academy of Sciences, the Discovery Channel, and the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team.

‘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.

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Refik Anadol

Phenomena (2017)

In 2014, internationally-renowned Turkish media artist Refik Anadol, collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create an an interactive projection mapping of the conductor’s movements called Visions of America.

For his next project, he reached out to Neuroscape with the idea of expressing pre-recorded and live GlassBrain simulations of both audience members and the conductor as a projection mapping visualization on the interior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

“The project aspires to define a new aesthetic experience at the intersection of performance art, technology, and science by applying computational algorithms in a real-time data analysis of music and architectural space.” -Refik

Neuroscape, with the engineering support of John Fesenko, will collaborate by providing expertise in GlassBrain integration for this 2017 scientifically-inspired audiovisual performance.


Refik Anadol
John Fesenko
Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera, David Ziegler, Gray Davidson
Los Angeles Philharmonic / University of California Los Angeles

Refik Anadol. A media artist, director and researcher at UCLA’s Design Media Arts Department, lives and works in Los Angeles. Embedding media arts into architecture, Refik questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities.

Rebecca Allen

Inside (2017)

Renowned media artist and chair of the UCLA Media Arts Program Rebecca Allen contacted Neuroscape with a collaboration proposal of an interactive virtual reality experience – INSIDE – to be displayed at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The idea behind the piece is a walk inside a virtual brain with navigation to different areas related to emotions so as to experience a manifestation of such emotions.
Neuroscape collaborated by providing MRI scans, consultation and virtual reality integration of the brain models for Rebecca Allen to work with.


Rebecca Allen
Adam Gazzaley, Roger Anguera

Rebecca Allen. An internationally recognized artist and research director 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. She was founding director of two Nokia Research labs and has led research teams at UCLA, MIT Media Lab Europe, NYIT Computer Graphics Lab and elsewhere. Her artwork is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art NY. Awards include an Emmy.

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