Conjuring Lost Things

I have been making steady progress on the software side of EEG AR: Things We Have Lost. Most recently I have gotten the neurofeedback spawning effect working with Kiel Gilleade’s help.


Conjuring_Lost_Things” width=”450″ height=”253″ class=”size-full wp-image-4471″ /> Conjuring Lost Things at FACT, Summer 2013.

The effect is controlled by the NeuroSky’s properiety metrics which are said to reflect attentive and meditation states of the test subject. These metrics are likely to reflect changes in alpha and beta wave respectively, which are actual brain wave frequencies. Alpha waves are assocaited with relaxation and beta waves with attention.

The device’s attention values control the scale of the effect and meditation values control how fast the effect spins. When the test subject begins to concentrate, the effect will appear in the performance installation/lab space viewable with any late model iPhone, iPad or Android device. The effect will grow in intensity as the user concentrates. If the attention value reaches a predetermined high value, a virtual object will be randomly selected from the lost things database and it will pop into existence, raising the relevant ontological questions which surround this project.


About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, and His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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One Response to Conjuring Lost Things

  1. Congratulations Craig! Looking forward to hearing / seeing more on your progress! 🙂

    PS: We’ve had guest posts on iRez by Tamiko Thiel & Nathan Shafer recently:

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