The Kissing Data by Lancel/Maat is shown in RIXC Gallery in Riga from September 9 until October 20, 2018. The work was developed at RIXC residency within the framework of EMAP / EMARE and co-funded by Creative Europe.
During the White Night event (Contemporary Art Forum in Riga City), the development of The Kissing Data resulted in a performance night. The Kissing Data project is based on the artists earlier research titled E.E.G KISS, which is turned into a new technical and social research and development for a Multi-Brain Computer Interface. The Kissing Data interface allows not only to measure kissing, but also to monitor the activity of the responsive brain of the Observers, who are watching the Kissers.
Data visualisation and audification create a neurofeedback symphony of and for Kissers and Observers, for a shared experience.
The artists: “Tele-presence technologies extend our bodies beyond biological boundaries in time and space, but they prevent us from touching. In a poetic, electric environment for kissing and measuring, for synchronizing and merging, we research a shared neuro-feedback system for networked kissing.”
The Kissing Data is a multi brain computer interface (Multi BCI). The artists assumption behind this work is that in near future, people will increasingly communicate through Multi BCI.
Current dominant industrial Multi BCI design is based on economical interests and focusses on among others efficiency, categorization, control and privacy protocols.
As artists they feel that now is the moment to interfere and see how we together can reflect and create new understanding of ethical and sensitive Multi BCI design for future shared experiences of intimacy and trust.
Therefore, the artists appreciate to test together with the audiences the social impact and to share the experiences of The Kissing Data multi brain computer data visualization that they have developed.
Together with the audiences, the artists test the visual and experiential interplay between data of Observers and data of Kissers, the way the envisioned social and data interplay can facilitate new shared experiences of intimacy and trust, for all participants.
It is important to note that the participation doesn't necessarily require kissing. In some of their earlier EEG KISS exhibitions, they have experimented with acts of “caressing each others faces”. Results show that this works as well in terms of ‘publicly shared intimacy'. This way, families (e.g. mother and child) and strangers can more easily participate.
RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga: http://rixc.org
Artists Lancel/Maat: https://www.lancelmaat.nl/
Photos from Lancel/Maat EMAP residency at RIXC in Riga, Latvia (August-September, 2018): https://www.flickr.com/photos/rixcriga/albums/72157696692024520
Photos from the performance night (September 8, 2018, RIXC gallery in Riga, photos by RIXC / Didzis Grodzs): https://www.flickr.com/photos/rixcriga/albums/72157701537241085/with/44080839684/