1+1=3 is an artistic collaboration between Jean-Louis Huhta (music), Per Huttner (visual art) and Stephen Whitmarsh (neuroscience). Our starting point is the willingness to allow other to appropriate one’s practice and knowledge-base, and to look at one’s own practice through the eyes of others. We make performances where we use naturally occurring electrical currents in our brains and bodies to create dynamic, innovative and immersive sounds and images.
1+1=3 are doing a residency at A Ship in the Woods in San Diego which is rounded off by a public Performance based on Samuel Beckett’s “Ohio Impromptu.” The event is followed by a hypnotic performance with Marcos Lutyens at 5 Car Garage in Los Angeles. The group then travels onto “The Science of Consciousness” organised by The University of Arizona in Tucson where they present two performances.
Part of the group’s work consists of developing hardware and software technology as tools to connect art, science and music. The EEGsynth project started with a simple idea that has been around since the mid- 1960s with Alvin Lucier’s experimentation probably being the most well-known example.
1+1=3 use Brain, heart and muscle activity that are measured and transformed into sound using modular synthesizers. They take advantage of the fact that brain-computer interfaces have recently become more affordable, opening new avenues for new research into the human condition and new forms of artistic expressions. The hardware and software of the EEGsynth is developed according to open-source practices and shared freely, thus building an multidisciplinary community of people interested in exploring the relationship between the mind, brain and music in a live hands-on way. Neuroscience engineer Prof. Robert Oostenveld, principal developer of FieldTrip, the open-source MATLAB analysis toolbox works closely with the group on the project.