Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: USA
Location: Stanford, CA
Entry Deadline: 9/20/19

BrainMind is a nonprofit scientific advocacy organization hosting a private conference at Stanfird focused on topics in neuroscience and the philosophy of mind. We are inviting artists to enter work that is any interpretation of the theme: BRAIN | MIND | BODY. BrainMind is interested in the artist's exploration of perception, awareness, health, and flourishing and the connection between the mental and physical, between phenomena and substrate. We will be showcasing the work of one or two tech-forward artists at this private meeting of prominent scientists, investors, and philanthropists. Artists’ works will be featured along with pre-commercial neurotechnologies and other academic projects. All mediums are welcome, but we are especially interested in works that utilize technology such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D/data visualization, and wearables. 

Awards: $1000 Artist Fee for two-day exhibition

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“You are the Ocean” (artist’s rendering)

“You are the Ocean” (artist’s rendering)

You are the Ocean by Ozge Samanci and Gabriel Caniglia was selected from a competitive open call for proposals of digital artworks focused on themes of consciousness and neuroscience in the contemporary moment. This interactive installation allows participants to control a digitally simulated ocean using only their brainwaves. Calm seas and storms alike are powered by the viewer’s thoughts; the sheer act of concentration can conjure a squall or sunshine. Participants intentionally control their thinking while surrounded by the magnified consequence of their thoughts. 

Ozge Samanci  photo by Annette Hornischer)

Ozge Samanci photo by Annette Hornischer)

A participant wears an EEG (electroencephalography) headset that measures his or her approximate attention and meditation levels via brainwaves. Attention level affects storminess: with higher concentration, the waves get higher and the clouds thicken. By calming his or her mind, the subject can create a calm ocean. 

Gabriel Canaglia

Gabriel Canaglia

Humanity’s relationship with the natural world is complex. Humans have a nervous system and perceive an illusionary boundary between their bodies and the rest of the world. A sip of water we drink was once in the ocean, a cloud, a plant. An atom in our body is billions of years old, coming from dying stars, and each atom has been a part of so many things: stardust, soil, sea, clouds, air, single-cell life, fish, bugs, birds. This concept appears in different versions of indigenous cosmologies, Sufi mysticism, Big Bang theory and the history of evolution. You are the Ocean is a reminder that our presence and thinking have a direct impact on the planet.