How will brain-machine interfaces change the visitor experience? A workshop to imagine what the future user experiences in museums will look like.
We were invited by Artjaws and the National Museum of Singapore to lead a workshop and carry out a series of performances around the theme of brain-machine interfaces in museums. The workshop took place during the Digimuse Week 2018. Actors from the Singaporean cultural world were invited to imagine with the artist the services of the future that will transform the experience of visitors in the museum.
After an overview of research applied to communication from the brain to the environment, Gille de Bast asked participants to imagine the future of museum services. Among the proposals : collecting the visitor's brain activity in real-time and sending to their brain contextual information about seen artworks. This idea could increase the visitor's experience and modify their perception. Anticipating future possibilities, some imagined experiences where tDCS (Transcranial direct current stimulation) would be used to connect directly to the brain and send it information about artworks and exhibition program. These hypotheses question the evolution of art mediation.
Gille de Bast was also invited to perform Cosa Mentale, made with the visual artist Cristina Hoffmann.