MindSpaces - Ars Electronica 2020. Garden Thessaloniki

MindSpaces - Ars Electronica 2020

Ars Electronica is one of the biggest new media art festivals in the world. Due to the pandemic, this year’s Ars Electronica Festival will be held virtually and in a hybrid model. MindSpaces will be part of Ars Electronica Festival of 2020 with activities related to its technologies, digital artists and artists in residency.

Garden Thessaloniki

MindSpaces Garden will host MindSpaces project, funded by the European HORIZON2020-STARTS program. To encourage collaboration of research projects and artists,  STARTS  funded STARTS  residencies of  artists in technology  institutions and of scientists and technologists in studio of artists.

The design of space, on architectural and urban scales has been shown to significantly affect the emotional, cognitive wellbeing of individuals, and to influence the functionality and effectiveness of indoors and outdoors spaces in manners that have often been overlooked in the past. MindSpaces proposes a new model of real-time participation of the public in the architectural design processes. MindSpaces is a multidisciplinary initiative that integrates the arts, neuroscience, natural language technologies, architecture, 3D modelling, visual and textual fields, electroencephalography, physiological detection analysis, and augmented and virtual reality.

MindSpaces Garden will host pre-recorded interviews of the 5 artists selected from the Open Calls, a pre-recorded demonstration of MindSpaces platform and a live demonstration of the Dïalog project held by the consortiums digital artists Maurice Benayoun and Refik Anadol.

Ars Electronica Garden Thessaloniki MindSpaces

Garden Thessaloniki

MindSpaces Garden will host MindSpaces project, funded by the European HORIZON2020-STARTS program. To encourage collaboration of research projects and artists,  STARTS  funded STARTS  residencies of  artists in technology  institutions and of scientists and technologists in studio of artists.

The design of space, on architectural and urban scales has been shown to significantly affect the emotional, cognitive wellbeing of individuals, and to influence the functionality and effectiveness of indoors and outdoors spaces in manners that have often been overlooked in the past. MindSpaces proposes a new model of real-time participation of the public in the architectural design processes. MindSpaces is a multidisciplinary initiative that integrates the arts, neuroscience, natural language technologies, architecture, 3D modelling, visual and textual fields, electroencephalography, physiological detection analysis, and augmented and virtual reality.

MindSpaces Garden will host pre-recorded interviews of the 5 artists selected from the Open Calls, a pre-recorded demonstration of MindSpaces platform and a live demonstration of the Dïalog project held by the consortiums digital artists Maurice Benayoun and Refik Anadol.


DïaloG Livestream

Refik Anadol (TUR) and Maurice Benayoun (FR)

Dïalog is an urban media art installation developed by Maurice Benayoun (MoBen/City UHK) and Refik Anadol (AnalogNative). In the public spaces (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain) two “living” entities face each other. They don’t look like the living beings we know. They don’t speak any language we know. They are aliens, strangers, immigrants. Facing each other they gradually mutate.

DïaloG

Refik Anadol (TUR) and Maurice Benayoun (FR)

Dïalog is an urban media art installation developed by Maurice Benayoun (MoBen/City UHK) and Refik Anadol (AnalogNative). In the public spaces (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain) two “living” entities face each other. They don’t look like the living beings we know. They don’t speak any language we know. They are aliens, strangers, immigrants. Facing each other they gradually mutate.

MindSpaces platform

MindSpaces Consortium

The MindSpaces platform, encompassing the technologies of the project, will be demonstrated, showing how to design solutions for both indoor and outdoor environments using data from emotional, behavioral and discourse analysis.

MindSpaces residency artists

Haseeb Ahmed (US), Sarah Derat (FR), Emanuel Gollob (AT), Emmanuel Van der Auwera (BE), João Martinho Moura (PT), Michael Sedbon (FR)

These interviews will discuss the work of the artists throughout their MindSpaces residency. They will present their work so far and their collaboration with the technical partners of the MindSpaces consortium.


Abstract

MindSpaces project tries to improve the designing process of indoor and outdoor environments through participatory design involving and integrating multisensory measurements of individuals’ responses. Artists and architects provide ideas, after which MindSpaces’ researchers will monitor participants while they experience them. The emotional aspects of the environment will be obtained through the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and other physiological sensors that will be incorporated in a virtual reality experience. Then, the virtual space will adjust according to the neuroresponse of each individual, which will result in the creation of a space tailored emotionally to the user.

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Acknowledgements

MindSpaces Consortium

Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas, University of Maastricht, Pompeu Fabra University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, McNeel Europe SL, Up2Metric, Nurogames,Zaha Hadid Architects, Maurice Benayoun, Analog Native , Espronceda, e-Sèniors, The town of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,The university of Hong Kong)

Artists

Maurice Benayoun

Refik Anadol

Artists in residency

Haseeb Ahmed, Sarah Derat, Emanuel Gollob, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, João Martinho Moura, Michael Sedbon