Acuity of sight and sound

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The brain has many ways of processing all the data that the world throws at us. In this week’s Fotorial, We explore the sight and sounds of three artists who are experimenting with brainwaves, and the unseen spectrum of the X-ray. Brian Foo generates a musical sequence using EEG brain wave data of an anonymous epilepsy patient. It examines the periods before, during, and after a seizure. Katinka Kleijn plays a duet for cello and brainwave. Finally, Nick Veasey uses x-rays to counter the obsession with superficial appearance by stripping back the layers and showing what it is like under the surface.

Brian Foo

WHERE: New York City LISTEN: Rhapsody in Grey

Rhapsody in Grey is a song composed from the brainwaves of a little girl who’s having an epilieptic seizure. Samples from Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” are used to create an amazing journey into the frightning reality of a mind deep in the throws of a seizure.

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Katinka Kleijn

WHERE: Chicago. WHAT: Celloist with the Chicago Symphony Orcherstra

While wearing an EPOC Neuroheadset, an electroencephalography (EEG) device whose 14 sensors connect with the scalp and pick up brain waves. She performs Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brain waves. Composed by Daniel R. Dehaan in collaboration with Ryan Ingebritsen. Commissioned by Industry of the Ordinary.

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Nick Veasey

WHAT: X-rays

“We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.”

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