L’emprise is a collective experience where a mentalist takes control of the drawers’ arms to reveal metamorphosed drawing.
This mad professor experience is a declination of Cosa Mentale drawing performance to a collective experience shared with the public.
The experience of Dr. Gauquelin takes place on the first floor of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre. In a white coat, she follows her protocol by placing four guinea pigs in front of a board with drawing sheets. Each one must position on their left arm two electrodes distant from three fingers away. Behind the professor, a mentalist sits on a metal chair. His brain activity, captured by silver chloride electrodes, will activate drawer’s muscles.
When the experience begins: the mentalist’s visual cortex is analyzed to determine his mirror neurons activity. When the mental image is detected by our algorithm, his brain activity is transformed into an electrical current and sent in real-time to the drawers’ arms through the muscle electrodes. It makes their arms convulse in a hands ballet and reveals new shapes in their metamorphosed drawings.
This custom-made installation was commissioned by Dcontract for Chambers of the Curious event by Hendrick’s Gin. Mentalista made the experience design and manufacturing the device.