E.E.G. KISS

Performance & Installation
2014 -
Amsterdam, Beijing, Eindhoven, Hongkong, Enschede, The Hague, Vienna, Irvine L.A.
Tijs Ham (Interactive Soundscape) STEIM Amsterdam / Mondriaan Foundation (NL) / University of Technology Delft - Participatory Systems Initiative (NL) / TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research / Baltan Laboratories & Holst Center Eindhoven / Fourtress.nl Eindhoven / TASML artist in residency Tsinghua University Beijing (Curator: Dr. Zhang Ga) and Neuro engineering lab (Prof. Hong Bo) / Fourtress Eindhoven / Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures Research Group UvA / Discovery festival Amsterdam / Digital Synesthesia Research Group, University Vienna / Hack the Brain, Waag Society.

Press
- Catalogue 'Digital Synesthesia', essay by Geert Lovink
'When I kiss you, I can taste your soul', 2016

- Digital Art Journal: NEURAL.IT (nbr 48, 2015) by Alessandro Ludovico
'E.E.G. Kiss - Quantifying the unquantifiable'

- Digital Art Journal: BALTAN Quarterly, essay by Flora Lysen
'The Neurofutures of Love; Reflections on E.E.G. KISS, an art-science experiment at Baltan Laboratories', page 4-5, January 2016

- Austrian Daily: Der Standard 'Synästhesie und Technik: Sinnlichkeit in Zeiten von Big Data', by Roman Gerold
- Catalogue 'Contemporary Code' - Exhibition Galery Hongkong University, on Artistic Research at University of Applied Arts Vienna, ISBN 978-3-9504140-1-1
- Vienna Online '“Digital Synesthesia”: Interaktive Schau in Wien zeigt Koppelung der Sinne'
- NRC Handelsblad, door Bianca Stigter
- EIKON, Heft 2/2015, Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie und Medienkunst (Deutsch/English) 'Digital Synesthesia'
- DELTA Magazine University for Technology Delft door Saskia Bongers
'Van E.E.G-kus tot online aanraken'

- MAKERY /Media for Labs, par Laurent Catala 'Big Data du Bisou'
- Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften Magazine
- TUBANTIA, Twentsche Courant
- Strijp-S Stories audiotour app, Dutch Design Week 2015

E.E.G.KISS Downloads

Can I kiss you online? How does your kiss feel in E.E.G. data?
Can we transfer a kiss and it’s intimacy online? Can we measure a kiss and what kissers feel together? Do we want to save our private kisses in a transparent database - to be used by others?

In E.E.G. KISS the artists investigate how a kiss can be translated into bio-feedback data. They deconstruct the kiss, to reconstruct a new, digital synesthetic kissing ritual for a Global Kiss-In, in which all participants - both kissers and spectators - feel, see, hear, touch and experience a communal kiss.
The artists: "Tele-presence technologies extend our bodies beyond biological boundaries in time and space, but they prevent us from touching. In a poetic, electric environment for kissing and measuring, for synchronizing and merging, we research a shared neuro-feedback system for networked kissing."

Performance installation
In performances and live kissing experiments with E.E.G. head sets to measure brainwaves activity, visitors are invited to participate as kissers, voyeurs and EEG data scanners. The installation consists of a two opposite chairs, ‘a love seat’, where kissers can take place. While kissing, their brainwaves are measured and visible as E.E.G. data. Around them 4 screens mirror the actions of both kissers and witnesses: through real time E.E.G. data; soundscape and a surveillance system. A floor projection encircles the kissers with the real time streaming E.E.G. data, as an immersive data cloud landscape. The soundscape is generated by the Brain Computer Interface, which translates the real time E.E.G. data of ‘kissing brains’ into a music score and algorithm for an E.E.G. KISS symphony.
The public around is part of the kiss, of the sound and of the immersive E.E.G.-data-visualization; both as an aesthetic experience as well as based on mirror neurons during the act of kissing.

E.E.G. data visualization
The artists: In a participatory process of sense-making, we invite participants after their kissing, to give meaning to
 the very abstract, mystifying E.E.G. data-visualization of their kiss. With the question: ‘How does your kiss feel in E.E.G. data?’, they give meaning to the data based on their shared embodied memory of kissing. They remember their kiss - as intimate 'co-creation’ and ‘co-attribution’ - and tell us: “This is a portrait of our kiss”.”

Share your private kiss Each unique E.E.G. KISS visual data sequence is saved in a database, and can be printed as an E.E.G. KISS Portrait.
And each E.E.G. KISS soundscape is saved in a public database on the website; to be downloaded and shared. The soundscape is developed with Tijs Ham at STEIM Amsterdam.

INTIMACY & BIG DATA: critical reflections
The artists: "A kiss is an obvious case of intimate, emotional interaction, based on bio synchronizing, spatial nearness, touch, sight, fluids, smell, endurance. But in an online kiss, this intimacy is influenced and shaped by technologies, institutions and social processes. Now when our embodied private kiss data are to be quantified, on what data design do we validate this interaction? Who is responsible for and who will benefit from our quantified kisses?
Can we trust our own E.E.G. Kiss data? Or should we rather protect our intimacy? In E.E.G. KISS we do not protect our intimate, private data. Instead, we create with these data a new hybrid, relational ritual allowing for public intimacy. Rather than focussing on the privacy of the kiss intimacy, we focus on how intimacy is embedded in publicness and public cultural negotation. In communal intimate orchestrations, ‘kissers’ and spectators witness and share their perception of embodied, tele-matic kissing. Instead of looking for private prosthaetic interfaces for networked touch, we focus on mirror processes, brain interface and shared neuro-feedback systems. In this way, we aim to create a shared sensitive public space, response-ability for the power of synchronizing through touching, watching, breathing, kissing, sharing presence - in today’s merging realities.
Worldwide, we invite our audiences for this ungoing artistic research, in hosted performances, installations, lectures, collaborations, workshops.

Art, Science & Technology
E.E.G. KISS emerged from the artistic research Shared Senses further conducted at Delft University of Technology in the context of Lancel’s PhD trajectory (Promotores: Prof. dr. Frances Brazier, Dr. Caroline Nevejan). In Meeting Spaces and Meeting Rituals the artists deconstruct automated control technologies (surveillance, social media, brain computer interfaces, quantifying biometric technologies) to rethink and inspire sensitive relations based on intimacy, tacit knowledge, digital synesthesia, bio-synchronisation, sensory and aesthetic perception.

‘I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me...
I link, therefore I am.’
William .J. Mitchell

In collaboration with and generous support:
Mondriaan Foundation,
STEIM Amsterdam,
EYE Film Institute Amsterdam,
Discovery Festival, Beyond Biennial,
AILlab, Angewandte Innovation Lab University of of Applied Arts Vienna
Artists-in-residency TASML
- (Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Laboratory Beijing)
,
Tsinghua University Beijing Neuro-engineering lab,
University of of Applied Arts Vienna, Digital Synesthesia Group,
University for Technology, Delft / Participatory Systems Initiative
UvA University of Amsterdam
- Neuro-aesthetics and Neuro-cultures research group
NWO, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research,
TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research).
Baltan Laboratories Eindhoven, Fourtress Eindhoven,
Holst Centre Eindhoven (sponsor E.E.G. headsets IMEC) Fourtress.nl Eindhoven (sponsor end development E.E.G.KISS software)

SHOWS and Conferences/Symposia/Lectures 2014-2016

BeallCenter Irvine LA California USA Embodied Encounters Featured artists: Rhona Byrne, George Khut, Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat, Alex May, Miriam Simun, and Sha Xin Wei
conference A Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts

Engaged Art Fair. Curated by Staff_Room, Amsterdam.
Location: De Balie Amsterdam. With a.o. Renzo Martens; Jonas Staal;
Debra Solomon & Jaromil Rojo; Bik & VanderPol.
E.E.G. KISS Performance installation. Premiere:
E.E.G. KISS portraits, prints in collaboration with Paulina Matusiak.

RIXC Open Fields Exhibtion and Conference, Riga Latvia.
Curators: Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits.
Artists a.o. Rafal Lozano Hemmer, James Auger, Telco Systems, PolakvanBekkum. Speakers a.o.: Christiane Paul, Armin Medosch

Hongkong, ISEA 2016

 Digital Synesthesia Group
University of Applied Arts Vienna, City University Hongkong,
ZKM Karlsruhe. Curators: Katharina Gsöllpointner, Ruth Schnell,
Romana Schuler, Jeffrey Shaw,Peter Weibel. Performance installation 'Synesthetic E.E.G. Kiss'

Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) 2016 'DIGITAL SYNESTHESIA'
University of Applied Arts Vienna, City University Hongkong,
ZKM Karlsruhe. Curators: Katharina Gsöllpointner, Ruth Schnell,
Romana Schuler, Jeffrey Shaw,Peter Weibel. Performance installation 'Synesthetic E.E.G. Kiss'

TASML Beijing 2014
TASML Tsinghua Art and Science Media Laboratory
Artists-in-residency, Tsinghua University Beijing. Curator: Zhang Ga.

EYE Film Institute Amsterdam 2014
& Beyond Biennale
'Body Hacking'

Curators: Tanja Koning, Arjen Bangma. Performance 'E.E.G. Kiss'

CONTEMPORARY CODE – ARTISTIC RESEARCH exhibition
Art Gallery City University Hong Kong 2015

In collaboration with Digital Synesthesia Group University of Applied Arts Vienna, ZKM Karlsruhe. Curators: Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch and Romana Schuler. E.E.G. Kiss

Beyond Bienniale Exhibition: Discovery Festival & Transnatural
Tolhuistuin Amsterdam 2014
. Exhibition Reality Shift
Curators: Tanja Koning and Arjen Bangma. Installation 'E.E.G. Kiss'

Frascati Theatres Amsterdam 2016
The end of Privacy Festival. Curators: Marc Timmer, Kiki Rosingh Performance installation 'Synesthetic E.E.G. KISS Cloud'

Waag Society for Old and New Media Amsterdam 2016
Hack the Brain

Gogbot Media art festival Enschede 2015
Exhibition Internet of things. Curator Kees de Groot.
Performance-installation 'Synesthetic E.E.G. Kiss'

Todays Art 2014 The Hague / Baltan Laboratories Eindhoven
Sensory Experiences Summit. Curator Olof van Winden. Presentation 'E.E.G. Kiss'

Todays Art 2015 The Hague / Baltan Laboratories Eindhoven
- Expertmeeting 'Bright Collisions': Hack the Body
- Lecture 'Synesthetic E.E.G. Kiss' at Symposium Sensory Experience
and Enhanced Realities

Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, Big, Open & Beautiful
'Hack the Body'
By Baltan Laboratory Eindhoven, Waag Society Amsterdam. With Chris Salter, Marco Donnarumma, prof. Jan van Erp (TNO / University Twente), Ira van Keulen (Rathenau Institute)

European Science Night 2014, Beyond Bienniale
Discovery Festival
. Curators: Tanja Koning and Arjen Bangma.
'E.E.G. KISS - Audience participatory lab'

European Science Night 2015, Discovery Festival, NEMO Amsterdam Curators: Tanja Koning and Arjen Bangma.
presentation 'Synesthetic E.E.G. Kiss'

Brakke Grond / Yami-ICHI Amsterdam 2015
with a.o. Martine Neddam/Mouchette, PolakvanBekkum,
Luis Rodil Fernandez, JODI, performance-installation 'E.E.G. Kiss'

VPRO Medialab Eindhoven 2015 Opening of the new Media-Lab:
Lecture and performance-installation 'E.E.G. Kiss'

Holst Centre, Eindhoven2014
Partnering in Research. Curator: Koen Snoeckx; 'Artists Lab EEG KISS'

Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven during STRP festival 2015
Curators: Olga Mink, Koen Snoeckx; Testlab 'Collecting EEG Kisses'

University Twente (Tangible User Interaction at the Computer Science) Social and Affective Touch Symposium 2015,
by Prof Jan van Erp / Gijs Huismans; presentation 'Shared Senses', 'Saving Face', 'E.E.G. Kiss'.

UvA University of Amsterdam, Conference
WORLDING THE BRAIN: Patterns, Rhythms, Narratives in Neuroscience and the Humanities
2016
by Stephan Besser, Machiel Keestra, Julian Kiverstein, Flora Lysen, Patricia Pisters,Tycho Hoogland.With a.o. Prof. Andreas Roepstorff, Alberto Novello, Suzanne Dikker & Matthias Oostrik

Neuro-aesthetics & neuro-cultures research group 2015
at Institute for Culture and History, by Prof. Patricia Pisters,
Prof. Rob Zwijnenberg, PhD Candidate Flora Lysen guest lecture