View your Favourites

Melting Memories: transforming EEG signals into generative artworks

Melting Memories is a series of digital artworks by Refik Anadol Studio. The installations take a few different forms, the centrepiece being a 6×5.1m 3mm fine-pitch LED wall that features an evolving piece of artwork. The pieces are data-driven, pulling EEG information from a 32-channel Enobio headset.

 

Participants were asked to don the headset, which records brain signals, and then think back to their childhood. A complex piece of custom software filtered through the brainwaves, focusing on the EEG channels tuned into short-term and long-term (episodic) memory.

This information was then used to effectively create abstracted 3D representations of this data. The team’s software allowed them to create different textures and aesthetic structures, based on a composite design pattern that could be applied in a modular sort of way.

The team's workflow in their software
The team’s workflow in their software

The project aimed to explore the “materiality of remembering”.

Alongside the LED centerpiece, the team also displayed artworks on Samsung’s beautiful The Frame 4K displays, as well as creating 3D models from CNC milled high-density foam.

The team also displayed 4K artworks in Samsung's The Frame
The team also displayed 4K artworks in Samsung’s The Frame
Sculptures were also made in high-density foam, based on participants EEG results
Sculptures were also made in high-density foam, based on participants EEG results

Visit the project to learn more: http://refikanadol.com/works/melting-memories/