Cosa Mentale, questions the ability to connect and collaborate by letting the other act without disappearing oneself.
The Cosa Mentale drawing protocol addresses the question of how to draw with two brains connected to one hand. One mentalist, equipped with an EEG headset, stimulates two electrodes placed on the drawer’s arm. By focusing, he or she sends an electrical impulse that makes the drawer lose control.
The question here is to welcome what we are missing, to factor in other person’s action by agreeing to lose yourself to be somewhere you wouldn’t be able to go alone. Thus images reveal what we wouldn’t have been able to anticipate, and that might open doors to new depths of our inner imagination.
Drawing with two brains connected to one hand involves a physical connection experience, done through an external and non organic circuit. It connects two human bodies in a kind of electronic extension of the nervous system. Thus, the electrical energy of the artist's brain is interpreted by an interface and transformed into an electrical current that activates the other drawer’s muscle.
These new physical and mental connections are possible thanks to the power of code and machines, which artists use and alter to question their definitions of drawing and collaboration. The artists create new conditions of exchange and discover how creation can appear from disruption.
How to collaborate in silence, only through feeling? Who really has control? Over what? Who starts where, and who finishes what?