The most important application of brain-machine interfaces is to allow paralysed people the ability to control their environment.
The second most important application, is, of course, to create psychedelic rave visuals to accompany pumping acid techno.
Mind VJ is a project by Lenara Verle and Marlon Barrios-Solano that has filled this neglected area of research by designing an EEG-based system that creates intense visuals in response to electrical brain changes.
In MIND VJ, the idea is to use the rhythm of our own brain waves as the conducting element for the performance. In this manner, we can tap into a normally “hidden” area of our body (brain function and its electrical activity) and make it “visible” in the form of projected images. In this case, the images projected won’t be wave graphs, like the ones usually plotted by medical EEG machines, but artistic images, undergoing real-time changes and manipulations controlled by the current brain wave output of the subject (the MIND VJ)
Provocatively, The MIND VJ project references thoughts of utopian cyber dreams about the ultimate direct brain to computer interface, and on the other side brings paranoid ideas of “mind reading” and “mind control”.
I think we can guess where the drugs kicked in when they were writing that bit of text.
There’s more about the project on their website and a video of Mind VJ in action.
Apparently the project is still in progress and I look forward to seeing how it develops.
Link to Mind VJ.