Kissing Data Symphony

Performance & Installation
Creative Europe Programme EMARE Platform; Ars Electronica Linz; RIXC Riga; Robot Love/ Dutch Design Week Eindhoven; ISEA Gwangju S-Korea; Kunstler Forum Bonn
EUROPEAN MEDIA ART PLATFORM EMARE co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union; Eagle Science Amsterdam; Creative Industries Fund; Mondriaan Fund

Intimacy Data Symphony
Shared reflection on AI empathic interaction,
through Multi-Brain Computer Interface and Artificial Emotional approach.

*Can a kiss be translated into bio-feedback data and categorization patterns?
How does your kiss feel in E.E.G. data?

Golden Calf Nomination, Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) Interactive 2019
GAAC Global Art & A.I. Competition 2019 Award China
EMARE /EMAP Award, by European Media Art Platform - European Creative Program

A Communal Kiss Experience
Intimacy Data Symphony is a poetic ritual for intimate experience of Kissing and Caressing each other faces, multi-sensory and socially shared in public space of merging realities. In live experiments with Multi-Brain BCI E.E.G. head-sets, visitors are invited as Kissers (or Caressers) and Spectators. Brain activity of people kissing and caressing is measured and visualized in streaming E.E.G. data, real-time circling around them in a floor projection. Simultaneously, the Spectators brain waves are measured, their neurons mirroring activity of intimate kissing and caressing movements, resonating in their imagination.
Brain activities of all Kissers, Caressers and Spectators, mirroring each others emotional expressions and movements, in both interpersonal and aesthetic ways, co-create an immersive visual, Reflexive Datascape, translated to an algorithm for a soundscape – an ‘Kissing Data Symphony.’

What is a Multi-Brain Computer Interface (Multi-Brain BCI)?
The performance installation premieres full Multi-Brain computer interaction (Multi-BCI) . Whereas previous brain computer interfaces only measure individuals' brain activity, new Multi-Brain BCIs support measurement of shared corporeal experiences. These new EEG technologies enable mediated group orchestrations, to research collective experiences or collective emotions, research into large scale data-collection and algorithms, for example serving AI purposes. Such research currently focuses on automation, categorization, normativity, efficiency, validation, prediction and control. Less research focuses on empathy, synchronization, attunement, intimacy and trust.

Multi-Brain BCI for kissing and caressing in public space The Multi-Brain BCI allows all people present - who are kissing, caressing and spectating - to real-time co-create a data visualization and -sonification (building on the artists' internationally shown BCI project EEG KISS 2016). A host guides participants and invites them to feel, explore and make sense in hybrid intimate social touch processes. In sensitive experiments, exposure of sharing vulnerability and witnessing are orchestrated on the basis of aesthetic principles - of ambiguity, disruption, unfamiliarity and unpredictability - to evoke shared witnessing, reflection and dialogue. Participants co-interpret their shared data and data patterns of touch as ‘intimate’.

AI Artificial Intelligent Emphatic Design:
a novel, critical, experimental and sensitive approach.

The artists anchor findings in new social syntheses and new performative rituals. These rituals re created forsharing, gathering and attuning in public spaces.
In Kisising Data Symphony, the artists anchor both people kissing and the spectators’ immersive participation in a social synthesis: 'Embracing all participants in a kiss'.

EMARE European Media Art Platform Application.
EMARE European Media Art Platform enables Kissing Data to be developed with European partners in different contexts, in relation to emerging (inter)national and (inter)cultural identities and transitions, relating to shared socio-technological developments and media infrastructures. The artists wish to thank EMARE host RIXC, Riga for generous support and inspiration in development and hosting the performance; and EMARE partner Ars Electronica for hosting the performance.