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Installation, Collective Data Portrait, 2021

This is a Installation. It is dated 2021. Its medium is electroencephalogram (eeg), video projection, hologauze, speakers, custom software. It is a part of the department.

Health care devices visualize data such as heartbeats, oxygen levels, and brain waves. Increasingly, people use portable sensors to monitor their own vital signs. To create this video installation, artist and composer Samuel Stubblefield recorded brain waves from over one hundred individuals, ranging in age from 22 to 85. Wearing a Unicorn electroencephalogram (EEG) helmet, each person stood still for one minute before outstretching their arms and walking off camera. Stubblefield mapped brain data recorded from eight different sensors to parameters such as transparency, hue, and pixel blur. Gentle washes of sound and imagery change synchronously in response to the data. Images of individuals appear to sharpen and come forward as their brain waves peak. Layered together, the videos create a loose, inclusive portrait.

It is credited Commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Special thanks to the many people who were photographed for this project; the Unicorn Black team at G.Tec Neurotechnology GmbH.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 350.5 × 182.9 cm (11 ft. 6 in. × 6 ft.)

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