Per Huttner has been a member of the board of the art school ISBA in Besançon since 2011. When he began, the institution was an insignificant regional school. In the last decade it has become one of the four highest ranked art schools in France. The school’s director, Laurent Devèze, has created a dynamic program for the school which now has an amazing track record. Devèze has become the subject of a smear campaign since September 2020 and he was recently sacked by the city of Besançon. It is strange and alarming that virtually no board members know what the accusations against him are. They have not been informed what the outcome is of an internal investigation about his supposed wrong doings are. (The Police looked into the evidence in October 2020 and found no ground to start legal proceedings.) There has been vague allusions to sexual misconduct and to the fact that alcohol has been served at openings – but the board still do not know. The city still insists that the board should vote for a temporary replacement for the director. Huttner has in response to that, together with the other two artistic advisors on the board, resigned to show their contempt for how the City of Besançon and the Chairman of the Board Aline Chassange has handled the affair. The series of events form a particularly dark expression of Cancel Culture.
Per Huttner contributes to the wonderful anthology “d’Exentricité(s)” which documents 10 years of performance practice in France. In his text “Shamanism, Performance – Text and Spoken Words” Huttner investigates how contemporary performance practices overlap with traditions of shamanism. By bringing performance into dialogue with traditions from indigenous cultures, he can address one of the biggest problems facing performances where the audience actively participates: How can we avoid that the participant only carries out instructions that the artist(s) impose on them? How do we enable those who wish to be truly creative in their participation?
The text can downloaded here.
Italian Radio station “Firefly Frequencies” dedicate the first episode of their series “An Archive of Dreams” to the project “Delta” in February 2021. In Delta, Per Huttner creates performances for sleeping audiences. Together with neuroscientists, musicians and artists from multiple European countries he develops technology and content to enrich the nocturnal lives of dreamers and sleepers. In the process they use the EEG synth, which Vision Forum has been developing since 2013 with multiple European partners and which has been used to stage many performances around the Globe.
The radio show is entitled “The Sound of Sleep” and can be accessed any time on the Firefly Frequencies website. It contains multiple tracks that Per Huttner has created based on the delta signals of Italian artist Emilio Fantin when he is in deep sleep. Fantin is also a part of the team behind the project Delta. Delta waves, that have given the name to project, are the most prominent in the sleeping brain and are not extensively present in the waking persons neural activity. Little is known about their function, but it is clear that delta activity during sleep is essential for human well-being.
Per Huttner and other members of the Vision Forum team travel to Cairo February 11 – March 2, 2021. They are undertaking research for the upcoming project “Local Role Models” which brings together artists from Sweden, Syria, Morocco and Egypt. Together they will reflect on how local heroes in the communities in the three countries can inspire new ideas of creativity in the arts and in activism. The residency in Egypt will help the organisers to get a clearer idea about how to work in the most efficient ways.
An international group of artists, curators, psychologists and surgeons meet in Switzerland January 22-24, 2021. The group will work and make Covid friendly public presentations within the the framework of An Infinite Love in dialogue with the gallery Analix Forever. The project is initiated by Per Huttner and the Swiss curator Barbara Polla. They propose a platform to investigates one of the most obvious and hushed up features of being a medical doctor - the love for the other’s body. Love to look at it, from outside, from inside, from everywhere, to picture it, to care for it, to clean it, to listen to it, to examine it, to palpate it, to cure it, to heal it, to open it, to penetrate it, to sew it up, to amputate it, to repair it, to massage it, to biopsy it, to dissect it, to analyse it, to describe it, to admire it, love for its functioning, its mysteries, love for its flesh, its fluids, pus, faeces, blood, bile, tears, sex and soul… all of it. LOVE. Per’s contribution is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner is leading the work of creating performances for sleeping audiences in a new project called “Delta.” The participants in the project are interested how art can become a part of enriching the third of our lives that we spend asleep. The starting point can be found in the fact that some people have very rich nocturnal lives, while others only experience sleep as a necessity without any intrinsic value. Those whose minds are active at night and are aware of it, dream of magical and fantastic places and develop inspiring stories. Others find sleep a profoundly sensual experience where bodily pleasures take another form. The group asks where this difference comes from. Is it genetic or is it dependent on how we view sleep, how we relate to it? Can a changed outlook on sleep enrich our nocturnal lives? If so, how can art actively be a part of positively influencing such a perspective?
The project, in other words, changes how we understand sleep and the processes that take place in our bodies during the night. In order to do this in the best of ways, we are approaching the problem in two ways: Firstly, we collaborate with people who have alternative outlook on sleep – both in the arts, in the sciences and culturally (many non-western cultures see sleep very differently from us). Secondly, we develop special biofeedback technology so that the sleepers can actively influence the nocturnal artistic output themselves. In short, the nocturnal performances we propose are
December 11-13, 2020, Per Huttner and Vision Forum are organising a workshop in Bologna and Marzabotto together with Italian artist Emilio Fantin. He has over the last decade developed wonderful artworks and creative working processes where he investigates how people can collectively investigate and experience dreams. Together with the Vision Forum team, we will test merge his ideas with our research on performances for sleeping people practically. Artists and cultural workers from Sweden, Italy and Switzerland will together work for three days with sleep and dreams in inspiring settings.
Delta is supported by Kulturbryggan in Stockholm
Per Huttner is organising and participating in a recording session with 1+1=3 at Huhta Home Studios in Copenhagen. The recording will take place November 25-29, 2020 with the aim of synthesizing the experiences and knowledge that the group has developed with the EEGsynth since 2013. The material will become a vinyl record and also released on different digital platforms. The working title is “Don’t Be Afraid Boy.’
Per Huttner will perform at Igreja do Espírito Santo in Caldas de Rainha in Portugal, November 4, 2020. The program focuses on how the human body’s constitution influences our understanding of the world. Together artists and researchers look at both at how music, physical movement and the human nervous system influences perception. The program mixes scientific lectures and artistic performances. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there is a limited number of places available. To secure a seat, please contact Nayara Siler on nayarasiler [at] gmail.com.
Wednesday | November 4| 19h30
Igreja do Espírito Santo | Largo João de Deus |Caldas da Rainha
The project is a co-production between Vision Forum and Gremio Caldense. The Swedish artists’ participation in the project is supported by Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse.
Per Huttner and Vidha Saumya have been invited to each select five books relating to the theme of ‘power’ at Publics in Helsinki. Huttner has also written a text where he outlines his interest in the books. This is a collaboration between Vision Forum, Catalysti and Publics on the occasion of the exhibition “2084.” The selection of books and text is available at Publics Library during the exhibition.
Per Huttner participates in “2084″ in Helsiniki. 2084 is an exhibition that takes place in the present and speculates on the role power will play in the future. He participates in the performance events that accompany the exhibition and that will be hosted in the gallery October 10 and 13, 2020.
The exhibition and events do not aim to provide answers but offers narratives on the various ways power is activated today and what could happen in the years to come. They draw inspiration from the book 1984 by George Orwell. The fictitious subject matter of the book was forward-thinking, and in many ways, it has become a reality; think of today’s use of surveillance cameras, algorithms and fake news. However, despite the dire tone of the story, notions of love and activism were also present as integral forms of power. From this foundation, the participating artists in 2084 explore power and the future through themes such as media control, social protest, as well as imagination and desire.
2084 is curated by Stockholm-based curator Anne Klontz
Location: Cable Factory, Valssaamo, Helsinki
Performance Tuesday, 13 October: 7 – 9 p.m.
7 p.m. The Power of Ontologies – Performance by Per Hüttner
8 p.m. D1984 – Performance by Carima Neusser
The performances are organised with Vision Forum. We are grateful to the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Nordic Culture Point, to Catalysti for organising everything and to Anne Klontz for inviting us and for making the research of the project possible.
Per Huttner continues investigating European island culture with a residency at Källskär, Åland Islands invited by the government of the islands. The residency follows another work trip to Greece in July 2020. He will develop work for public presentations in Finland and Portugal that will be presented in September and October 2020. A special THANK YOU to our partners in Åland and Finland who have made this possible in these strange times. Documentation will appear on the Projects page soon.
Per Huttner will participate in the relaunch of the first project that was cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation. The Nordic group of musicians and artists were meant to meet in Copenhagen with the Untitled Biofeedback Project April 15-20, 2020. Now they will meet in Stockholm, since travel restrictions make it hard to organise workshops anywhere else. We are generously hosted at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan for the event. The project sets out to build further on the hardware and software development of the biofeedback platform “the EEGsynth.” Members of the network have been involved in the team of developers since its inception 2014 and the first meeting sets out for the Nordic participants to know more about each others’ practices and the potential of the project. The current project will strengthen the aesthetic and artistic potential of the EEGsynth. The goal is to develop technology that can be used by performers to create work where sound, moving images and light are merged to a whole performative universe.
Per Huttner as part of 1+1=3 (featuring Atau Tanaka) will participate in Helicotrema – Recorded Audio Festival. The presented piece entitled “Monitorn” is the outcome from the ongoing preparations for Transformation III in Paris.
The festival started in 2012, the festival is a non-profit platform for the promotion of narrative and multidisciplinary sound works – such as radio plays, audio documentaries, experimental poetry, field recordings and other timeline-based formats based only on an acoustic component – reproduced in the framework of collective listening sessions.
This year Helicotrema, as winner of the 5th edition of “Premio Imagonirmia, art residency and publishing project”, joins forces with Imagonirmia and Ovestlab to present a site-specific edition in the district of Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest. Helicotrema 9 will take place at the end of September and will present a programme of listening sessions for residents of the district and visitors.
In this context the festival will use a loudspeaker system for sports events, excellent on voice frequencies, and a mobile system in quadriphony for compositions with wider spectra of frequencies. The location, one of the most important athletics stadiums at national level, can be a clue for inspiring the authors to propose sound research that reflects on body, competition, exercise. At the same time the festival remains open also to contributions on other subjects.
Vision Forum is working with a new project in order to support people to improve their microbiota (the microbes that we live in symbiosis with). We call the project “Governing Bodies.” We have put together a team of artists and researchers from multiple genres. Together they will work with a series of events in the coming 18 months. The first event takes place online on August 7, from 17h (CET). It is a cooking event where recipes are tested and developed with produce that supports the body’s microbiota. Per Huttner will provide the group with special recipes. If you want to join, just drop an e-mail to Rudi Heinrichsen at info [at] visionforum.eu.
Per Huttner is leading a new project for Vision Forum with the working title “Sleep with Me.” It is a project where a group of artists and neuroscientists develop performances for sleeping audiences. Together they investigate how signals from EEG, heartbeat and breathing in a sleeping person can be use to generate sounds, lights and changes in temperature in real time. Since the artistic output is influenced by the sleeper, the group sees the events as performances co-created with the sleeping person. Collectively the different participants want to know more about how artistically created output can influence the sleeper. The project currently includes participants from visual art, music and neuroscience from Sweden, Italy, France and the Netherlands and will be expanded as the project develops. The Vision Forum team is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Kulturbryggan in Stockholm to fund the project’s development. More info soon on Vision Forum’s Current Projects page.
It is well-known that every cloud has a silver lining. Due to the Covid-19 situation, Teater Reflex in Stockholm has had to close its doors to its audiences. This sad fact, means that Vision Forum has access to the marvellous and magical space. We make use of this in June 2020 and to try out new choreographic, musical and technical solutions. We hope that you will be able to see the outcome of our experimentation on a scene or in a public space close to you in late summer or early autumn. Per Huttner will provide music for some of the stage musicians using the EEGsynth for improvisations.
1+1=3 has received a grant from the Swedish Arts Council for a tour with and the EEGsynth in Japan, China and Korea, which means that Per together with Jean-Louis Huhta and Samon Takahashi will play at multiple venues in the far east. The EEGsynth team has also struck a sponsoring deal with Ableton Live, so that they can use the software to make new and exciting music with their brain and muscle activity. The deal comes in the wake of the fact that the collective was invited to the 2020 edition of Ableton Loop, which has been postponed to 2021.
Per Huttner has also received funds from Längmanska kulturfonden to invite a researcher from Bristol Robotics Lab to Sweden. He will also participate in “2084″ with a performances (October 9-11, 2020) at the Cable Factory, Helsinki. He is invited by Catalysti. The project is curated by Anne Klontz. These encouraging news show up at a time when everyone’s future looks especially frail and uncertain, which makes them all the more welcome.
A long time fan and supporter of Human Hotel, Per Huttner is a featured host in the network’s social media flow. It is not an encyclopedic entry on the constitution on the cosmos. However, you can still read on Per’s views on travel, what a home is and what constitutes sharing. You find the text here.
He will present “Meditative Striptease,” which is a live collaboration with Carima Neusser. Per uses real time EEG (electroencephalogram – measurements of brain activity on the scalp) to make sounds. Carima uses EMG (electromyogram – measurements of muscle activity on the skin) to make sounds. They also both use their voices and focus on different meditative breathing techniques throughout the hour while Carima strips.
Here is the full proigram
17:00 – 18:00 - introduction + “histoire du bio-feedback appliqué à la musique”, Samon Takahashi
18:00 – 19:00 - “The brain during seizures, death and resurrection” a discussion about the recent work of Dr. Valerio Frazzini, MD., PhD candidate Antoine Leclercq, and Dr. Stephen Whitmarsh, Various locations
19:00 – 20:00 – “”brain2radio2brain | pérégrinations radiophoniques & sonifications électroencéphalographiques””, Guillaume Dumas [Live], Paris, France
20:00 – 21:00 – “Meditative Striptease”, Carima Neusser / Per Hüttner [Live], Stockholm, Sweden
21:00 – 22:00 – “Minnesmaskiner – You are listening to me while I am listening to myself”, Jan Carleklev, Skogen [Live], Sweden
22:00 – 23:00 – “Human x Machine Learning x 4: Cave Music, Wais,Delearn DSCP, Rock Regression “, Atau Tanaka [Live], Montreuil
23:00 – 00:00 – “Harmonics”, Stephen Whitmarsh [Live], Robinson.
After the event, you can listen to the whole emission any time, hour by hour, here.
Documentation from the exhibition I am a Curator will be part of “Anti-exhibition” at the Southwest School of Art in Austin Texas in 2020. Anti-exhibition is an exhibition that captures attempts to reject and modify what is typically understood to be an exhibition of visual art. Contributions are in the form of documentation (visual and text) in the gallery space. This is an exhibition as an essay. The impetus is based on the thesis that the exhibition (the public presentation of art) is the generator of meaning in visual art. This generation happens by following the conventions of exhibitionary practice. Artistic or curatorial work that rejects these conventions is what we consider radical or experimental. These “experiments” are more significant than “standard” exhibitions because they simultaneously generate surplus meaning for the artwork and modify the conventions of exhibition practice. This anti-exhibition is not meant to cover any-and-all alternative approaches. This exhibition looks at specific instances from 1960s–present, with a focus on the current century. This exhibition is curated by Chad Dawkins, Curator and Director of Exhibitions.
Opening reception: Sat. May 2, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
On display May 2 – June 7, 2020
Per Huttner organises and participates in a workshop on how the microbes in our body influence human identity and behaviour. He will make a performance with Maroccan musician Saber Rhaleb at Media Artes and also present a private workshop at Italienska palatset for the group of participants. The workshop takes its starting point in Brasilian artist Lygia Clark and especially he seminal piece “Caminhando” from 1964. The group will look at how Clark gradually came to abolish the idea of subject and object in her practice and how this has baring on how we see the relationship between microbes and identity.
The work will be carried out in Växjö March 13-15, 2020. A public event will take place on Saturday March 14 (see program below.) The public event will include lectures, performances, a guided tour and a specially designed dinner by Mäm’s own star chef Erik Måneld.
During three days artists and theorists from theatre, dance, music and visual art will work together with researchers who have special knowledge and interests in the field. Collaborations include Chalmers Tekniska högskola in Gothenburg, Karolinska institutet and Prima Barn in Stockholm.
For the public part of the events, we meet at 16h at the entrance of Italienska palatset.
16.00 – Carola Uehlken – artist from Berlin performs a guided walk in and around the Italian Palace.
17.00 – Emil Krogh – artist from Copenhagen will carry out an artistic investigation into how microbes and identity relate to one another.
18.00 – Starter and MaiBritt Giacobini: A presentation about research in child psychology about the effects of diet on children’s mental health.
19.00 – Main course and Giada Lo Re: Microbes that build up and break down.
20.00 – Dessert and discussions
21.00 – Music evening at Media Artes with Saber Rhaleb from Morocco/Mexico and Per Huttner Sweden/France
All events are free. The three course dinner costs SEK 200 and requires pre-booking.
(Book food as soon as possible by contacting Benny on +46 70 961 06 84 or italienskalatset [at] gmail.com.
More detailed information about the project here.
Emil Krogh (Visual artist) Simone Bang Jørgensen (Visual artist) Carola Uehlken (Artist/Curator) Elias Arnér (Professor in Biochemistry) Giada Lo Re (xyz.PhD) Carima Neusser (Choreographer), MaiBritt Giacobini (Child psychiatrist MD, PhD) Saber Rhaleb (musician) and Per Hüttner (Visual artist/musician).
The project is collaboration with Italienska palatset and Media Artes and supported by the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner will be in residency at Out of the Circle in Cairo in March 2020. The goal is to start to outline the project Romanticism Reversed. The project uses the power of art, technology and media to actively work to empower women in the area. The project traces its roots in Romanticism and Romantic Art. The artistic movement was a counter reaction to the failed revolution that was inspired by ideas from the Enlightenment. This also means that, the situation shows many similarities with today where the Arab Spring failed meet the hopes that it inspired in people. The project will look at the first half of the 19th century and what can be learned from that time to empower and enrich women’s lives, women’s art and women’s media in the Middle East today.
Per Huttner will be showing “Transversal Madness” at El Dia D in Mexico City together with Carima Neusser and Alcibiades Papacostas. The piece will be shown on January 31 (20h30) and February 1 (19h.) The performance mixes music, film and dance in unusual and creative configurations to reflect on how desire can be re-considered to challenge our conception of the world. The presentation is produced by Vision Forum and supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
11800 Mexico City, Mexico
Per Huttner will be showing “Transversal Madness” at F4Libre Espacio Cultural Multidisciplinario in Cuarnevaca in Mexico. Together Swedish and Mexican performance artists will merge knowledge and experiences from their respective practices.
The piece will be shown on January 24 and 25 at 19h. It mixes music, film and dance in unusual and creative configurations to reflect on how desire can be re-considered to challenge our conception of the world. The presentation is produced by Vision Forum and supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
F4Libre Espacio Cultural Multidisciplinario
Nueva Tabachín 13, Col. Tlaltenango
Per Huttner will create music for a performance with Alcibiades, Athenea and Ariadne Papacostas on February 2, 2020 at Roma 303 in Mexico City. The performance is a collaboration between Swedish and Mexican artists from many different genres and involves music, dance, yoga practices and sculptures. Roma 303 is a feminist centre for bodily practices. Entrance is free and the program starts at 18.00. Welcome!
Puebla 303 int 3,
Per Huttner is participating in the 6th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince November 30 – December 20, 2019. The project is a collaborative effort called The Revolution Hub. Within the framework of the project a group of European and Haitian artists carry out performative investigations and create artistic performances. The Revolution Hub is a place where artists bring ideas and where these can meet the local community and be moulded into performances. Together the participants will investigate the relationship between performance and revolutionary traditions. All revolutions have had a strong performative expressions and clearly defined aesthetics. Revolutionaries develop revolutionary music, visual art, choreographies and fashion to enthuse the people and impress its enemies. The Revolution Hub investigates how these traditions can be studied and used as platforms for new performances. It asks how revolutionary traditions can be used to create new artistic expressions practices that mould European and Haitian traditions into new mixes?
Per Huttner co-organises a series of workshops and performances at MT in Cuiabá in Brazil together with the pedagogical network MKP. The events take place November 25-27. The work is focuses on investigating the relationship between contemporary performance practices and everyday actions. We draw inspiration from the history of performance and key figures like John Cage and Yoko Ono and merge them with ideas from choreographer Susan Rethorst as well as MKP’s previous work with investigations of sites. We investigate the boundaries of desire and what can be learned by bringing together experiences and knowledge from contemporary art, dance, theatre and music. The events are supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner participates in the Satyrianas festival in Sao Paulo. It is the 30th anniversary of the festival. He contributes with the performance TransDisciplinary Romanticism that has its world premier on November 16. The performance is created in dialogue with Swedish choreographer Carima Neusser . It takes its inspiration from a painting by Swedish 19th century painter Carl Fredrik Hill and investigates different forms of insanity and how social and political ideas informs our understanding of the phenomena. The two artists find in Romantic art great tools to understand the current social and political climate and especially why right wing populist has such an appeal today. The performance invites the audience to enjoy music, film and dance in unusual and creative configurations in order to reflect on how desire can be re-considered to challenge their conception of the world.
The event is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner forms part of the team of artists who organise workshops and performances at SPET in Sao Paulo in Brazil November 19-21, 2019. The work is focuses on investigating the boundaries between sane behaviour and actions that break the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. We investigate the boundaries of desire and what can be learned by bringing together experiences and knowledge from contemporary art, dance, theatre and music. The events are supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner and Carima Neusser will present Start in the Middle in Copenhagen on October 28 at 17h. The event is presented by Dansehallarne at Kunsthal Charlottenborg . The performance is participatory and shapes the formats of lecture and meditation into a seamless whole. The performers use texts, sounds, lights and contemplative exercises for the audience to participate in a collective journey where they spend most of the performance lying on the floor with their eyes closed.
In conjunction with the event the New Eyes- collective will be in residency in Denmark in order to prepare for the upcoming performances in Brazil, Haiti and Mexico.
AKUSMATA PROUDLY PRESENTS:
EEGsynth & Body Music demonstration
by Oneplusoneisthree (1+1=3) and guests
Sat 28.9.2019 at 20:00 – 21:00
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1+1=3 is an artistic platform / community / ecosystem for research and performance. The collective includes musicians, neuroscientists and visual artists. We stage performances where we use real time EEG signals. We use the signals to control sounds, lights and images. Since 2014 we have performed in Sweden, Finland, Greece, France, Brazil, the UK and the US. To find out more, you find the 1+1=3 / EEGsynth CV here.
What is the EEGsynth?
The EEGsynth is both a device and a collaborative interdisciplinary research project. As a device, it interfaces with the brain and body for artistic and scientific exploration, research and expression, allowing anyone to use their own brain and body activity to flexibly and powerfully control performative equipment in real-time. In short, it transforms electrophysiological signals (EEG, EMG and ECG) into analogue and digital control signals by means of sophisticated neuroscience signal analysis and custom-made hardware. As a project, it brings together musicians, artists, neuroscientists and developers to work together on technology for specific artistic performances.
Why the EEGsynth?
Progress in understanding the human brain is increasingly determining how we perceive ourselves and others. At the same time, new technologies are expanding the possible interactions between technology and the human brain. Brain-computer interfaces have recently become affordable for a wider public, allowing new artistic research into the human condition and new ways of artistic expression. However, to be able to exploit their full potential and to ensure the development of a lasting involvement of the art world in this contemporary dialogue, artists and neuroscientists have to co-create.
The current core group of the project is: Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner, Robert Oostenveld, Samon Takahashi and Stephen Whitmarsh. Collaborative Partners include Selen Atasaoy, Carima Neusser, Marcos Lutyens and Hernan Anllo.
Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki
We warmly invite you to join us for Andouillette
Andouillette is a unique audio-visual performance by international art-science collective 1+1=3, created especially for the Finnish conference on Clinical Neurophysiology. In Andouillette, brain and body signals, e.g. EEG & iEMG, will be connected to modular synthesizers and video projections, creating musical audio-visual neurofeedback loops and deep listening experiences.
1+1=3 has been developing their performances, software and music, since 2014. You can find out more information about the artists and researchers Per Hüttner, Stephen Whitmarsh, Jean-Louis Huhta, Samon Takahashi and Robert Oostenveld and their technology at www.oneplusoneisthree.org and www.EEGsynth.org
The host of the event is Veikko Jousmäki from Aalto NeuroImaging.
Aalto University (Väre)
1+1=3 is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.
✦ ÁGUA VIVA ✦
A performance inspired by the work of Clarice Lispector
Saturday | September 21| 21h30
Igreja do Espírito Santo | Largo João de Deus |Caldas da Rainha
In her 1973 novel, Água Viva, the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector presents us with metaphysical reflections of the most spellbinding nature. It embodies the power of artists to speak to us from beyond the grave through their surviving works. By interacting with their creations we can become surprisingly intimate with artists whose physical bodies are long dead.
We can reflect on how some aspects of life are timeless: such as our fascination with and fear of death. We become conscious that our lives are played out in the paradoxical tension between continuity and discontinuity. The performance is a reflection about this strange form of communication, drawing upon many of the temporal, musical, and metaphysical themes found in Água Viva.
The Swedish dancer and choreographer Carima Neusser moves to a soundscape created by the Portuguese musician Garcia Da Selva. It has been composed from audio taken from a rare 1977 interview with Lispector on Brazilian television. Her words, distorted and amplified, shed light onto her creative process – providing an arrhythmic dynamic for a choreography performed in her honour
The project is conceived by Per Huttner, curated by Randolph Albright and is organised with Gremio Caldense. It has been made possible through a grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Per Huttner presents a new series of drawings entitled ‘’Internal Choreography’ in this year’s Tilt Platform which takes place in Loutraki outside Athens. The theme of the 2019 edition is IASIS (healing). Tilt Platform continues to focus on nature, indeterminacy and the dynamics of boundaries. The project wants to unfold a problematic, that deals with the relation to our body and our psyche and the relationship of these two with society, science and art, through art and contemplation.
Huttner’s drawings that investigate how social conventions inform the individual person’s perception of his/her body. His project looks for ways to rethink and more importantly re-feel the body. The work marries line-drawings from different traditions with one-line texts. It draws inspiration from Western medicine, somatic dance practices, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other alternative medicine traditions. Reflecting on the human body and its evolutionary history as well as its interactions with the outside world has always been central concerns Huttner’s artistic practice. In the work the artist draws from his experiences of creating music with his brainwaves in the performance collective 1+1=3 that he has been involved in since 2013. It is also influenced by collaborations with contemporary choregraphers that he has carried out since the early 1990s.
Per Huttner contributes with a text on his performative practice to the reader “Art Performance, manoeuvre, coefficients de visibilité” which is published by Les Presses du réel. The text focuses on three performances that the artist has carried out in Ukraine, Australia and the UK. The release of the book will take place at June 21, 2019 from 18 to 20H at Librairie Flammarion at Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Are You Touched is a one week workshop in Ostrobothnia where Finnish, Swedish and French choreographers, visual artists and fashion designers investigate the potential in inter-human touch in the arts. Together they investigate new ways of working. They develop working methods, building trust both between the members of the group as well as in the working process by drawing on the divergent knowledge among the participants.
The group shares interest in how the human body can be continuously rediscovered through exercises and conversations. In the collective work they focus on how touch can become a way of sensing and bending the impression of time and space. How rediscovering breathing, bodily rhythms and temporalities of biological as well as constructed processes can open for new perceptions for the dynamics of tissues and cells.
The visitors to Energiverket are invited to take part in the results of the workshop by choosing from a menu of work-in-process performances and exercises. Each visit begins with an opening performance by Emilia Rota that lasts 5 minutes evoking trust and solidarity..
- Sensorial discovery in the dark: “Are You Touched?” by Emilia Rota (10min-2h).
- Relaxation, music and storytelling: “North American Indigenous World Views and Inter-human Touch” by Per Hüttner (30min.)
- Video – moving in space – video. “Princess Nature” by Carima Neusser (30min).
- Somatic perception exercise: Lung dancing to sound and mosquitos “Soft Support of the Lung” by Sara Gurevitsch. (20 min.)
Participants: Sara Gurevitsch, Emilia Rota, Carima Neusser, Per Huttner and Robert Logrell. The procet is a collaboration between Energiverket, Novia, Morgondagens konstpublik and Vision Forum. It is supported by Svenska kulturfonden, Kulturrådet and The City of Stockholm.
Per Huttner has written an extensive text on the artwork of friend and fellow artist Lenke Rotheman for the exhibition “Mending a Broken World” which has been on view at Sörmlands museum for 6 months. A catalogue that documents the exhibition is now available with Huttner’s text in Swedish and English.
Per Hüttner and friends at Gallery Ekdahl May 23-25, 2019
May 23-26, 2019 Galleri Ekdahl will present performances, events and talks of and with the artist Per Hüttner. The artist will bring together collaborative partners from media, music and dance. The program brings together works created during the last two years and focuses on creativity, exchanges between unexpected conversation partners and activities that focus on finding new forms of problem solving.
1. Thursday, May 23 – 19:30
- Conversation on creativity and research: Per Hüttner together with Bengt and Ulf Alsterlind.
Per and Ulf grew up together and Bengt constantly took the two boys with them out on adventures. The three discovered the world and themselves in the most magical ways. Together, they discuss how to stimulate creativity, discovery as well as how social norms stop many people from enjoying the full potential in life.
2. Friday 24 May – 19:30
- New Eyes – Performance with Per Hüttner and choreographer Carima Neusser with live music based on compositions by Siri Jennefelt.
The performance is based on a research trip to Mexico, the USA and Brazil. The work contains newly composed music, choreography, slide shows, scents, flavors and videos. It takes inspiration from baroque churches, Mexican soap operas, bat research, meetings with the Apache nation, modernist Brazilian literature and street food. The performance is like the journey it describes: the one who cannot be rationally understood, but must be experienced with all five senses.
3. Saturday 25 May – 16:00
- NeuroFeedback: by 1 + 1 = 3 (Per Huttner and Jean-Louis Huhta Concert / performance with EEG synthesis.)
In the work we measure Per’s EEG (electroencephalogram) in real time. The signal is converted into a control signal that goes into the Jean-Louis modular synth and which he uses to create music. Per, in turn, hears the sounds which cause his brain waves to be affected, which in turn affects the music and so on. The work is a performance where feedback between musicians and EEG forms creates unexpected sound, light, image and which also affects the audience in unexpected ways. It is also the first time that 1+1=3 performs publicly without the presence of a neuroscientist – a giant leap for the EEGsynth development.
65219 Karlstad, Sweden
The project is produced by Galleri Ekdahl with Vision Forum and is supported by the Swedish Cultural Council and the Nordic Culture Fund.
Transformations is a 3-day bonanza of lectures and performances that celebrate the logic and madness of the human brain and body when it creates music in unexpected ways. Meet modular synth geeks, cult brainwave-musicians, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists and experimental musicians and be seduced by their passion.
The events are held May 30 – June 1 at Trädgården and R1-Reaktorhallen, Stockholm, Sweden. Per Huttner will perform at 22h on May 31 and at 21h on June 1. See schedule for details.
The project is supported by Musikverket, Stockholm Stad, the Nordic Culture Fund, Kulturbryggan, the Swedish Arts Council and private sessions are held at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS).
In preparation for the upcoming events in Stockholm, Karlstad, Espoo and Helsinki 1+1=3 (for this occasion Per Huttner, Jean-Louis Huhta and Robert Oostenveld) will have a mini-residency at Huhta Home Studios in Copenhagen May 15-19. The residency will offer the opportunity to further refine the EEGsynth technology that the collective have been developing since 2014. The project is supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Kulturbryggan.
Vision Forum is proud to present a release event for the publication “Grymhetens konst” (Cruelty’s Art) by Freddie Ross with design by Erik Månsson and a foreword by Per Huttner. The book uses ethical theories from philosophy and applies them on works of contemporary art. It looks at a series of well-known works from recent decades and some that have stirred discussion in the Nordic countries. The event is part of “Kulturnatten” and takes place between 8.30 and 9.30pm April 27 at c.off. For the event Huttner and Ross will have a conversation around the topics of the book and invite the audience to discuss with them.
114 23 Stockholm
Per Huttner and Vision Forum co-organise the first of a series of workshops in Stockholm. They on how the microbes in our gut shape our understanding of human identity in Stockholm April 5-7. During three days artists and theorists from theatre, dance and visual art will work together with researchers who have special knowledge and interests in the field. Collaborations include Chalmers in Gothenburg, Karolinska institutet, C.off and Prima Barn. More detailed information about the project here.
Participants: Oskar Gudmundsson (Writer), Adriaan Samson (Writer) Freddie Ross (Art historian) Emil Krogh (Visual artist) Simone Bang Jørgensen (Visual artist) Carola Uehlken (Curator) Elias Arnér (Professor in Biochemistry) Giada Lo Re (xyz.PhD) Carima Neusser (Choreographer), MaiBritt Giacobini (Child psychiatrist MD, PhD) and Per Hüttner (Visual artist).
Vision Forum and its partner MKP organise a second workshop that investigates how contemporary research on affective touch can be used for new forms of expressions in the arts. The workshop will take place at Allartnow and c.off in Stockholm April 26-28. At the latter venue, the group will make a collective public perfomance April 27, 7-10pm. During the performance the audience is invited to have a unique and artistic sensorial experience based on the research of Emilia Rota.
PARTICIPANTS in the project: Gabriel Widing (Theatre director) Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness (Choreographer) Malin Björnsdotter (Neuroscientist) Olav Westphalen (Visual artist) Annemarie Goldschmidt (Specialized Kinesiologist) Järva Engman (Actor) Per Huttner (Visual artist) Predrag Petrovic (Neuroscientist) Emilia Rota (Fashion designer) and Carima Neusser (Choreographer).
The project is supported by the City of Stockholm and Svenska kulturfonden in Helsinki.
Come and experience contemporary Brainwave Music – an art form that connects music and neuroscience. Welcome to the Kulturhuset Fyren and an afternoon concert in the concert hall Snäckan. The concert is free and everyone is welcome!
Saturday, 23 March 2019 from 13:30-14:30
The group 1 + 1 + = 3 consists of Jean-Louis Huhta (modular synth), Per Hüttner (EEG performer) and Stephen Whitmarsh (EEG controller). Together they create a piece with a focus on feedback between sound, video and the brain waves they measure during the performance using their own technology. The state of the brain affects the sound image as they together control trance-like dis-harmonies, ghostly suggestions and exciting eroticism. The event begins with a brief introduction on the technology and the ideas behind the performance. After the performance you have the opportunity to discuss issues raised during the concert.
434 32 Kungsbacka
The event is streamed on: www.inesplay.se
Organised by: Region Halland och Kultur & Fritid i Kungsbacka
1+1=3 are proud to announce the launch of their new website. It has been created by Stephen Whitmarsh with amazing graphics by Camille Degardin. The site uses a new logic where the performances are broken down to a few permutations that separated thematically. The schematics constitute simplifications of how the performers interact according to live feedback patterns during performances.
Through this arrangement, you can also follow how we develop them from relatively simple set-ups to complex networks involving as many as five performers. This way, it is easier to understand the conceptual logic behind each performance as well as how the technology that we have developed works. It will allow both the audience and the performers to focus on the artistic aspect of the experience and we will all get more pleasure out of the experience.
The project is supported by Kulturbryggan.
Vision Forum and its partner MKP will organise a series of workshops that investigate how contemporary research on affective touch can be used for new forms of expressions and investigations in the arts. Contemporary research in Neuroscience shows that inter-personal touch is getting pushed out of our everyday lives. This trend leads to social problems and poses a threat to people’s well-being. The current project brings together visual artists, choreographers, creators in theatre, neuroscience and representatives of alternative medicine to a set of workshops in Stockholm.
Participants: Gabriel Widing (Theatre director) Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness (Choreographer) Malin Björnsdotter (Neuroscientist) Olav Westphalen (Visual artist) Annemarie Goldschmidt (Specialized Kinesiologist) Per Huttner (Visual artist) Emilia Rota (Fashion designer) and Carima Neusser (Choreographer).
The project is supported by the City of Stockholm.
Vision Forum announce that Freddie Ross’s Grymhetens Konst (Cruelty’s Art) has been printed and will shortly be in a book shop close to you. The book is an investigation into the relationship between ethics and art. It looks at a series of well-known works from art history and some that have stirred a lot of discussion in the Nordic countries as well as how philosophical theories about ethics apply to them. Per Huttner has followed the process of the development of the book for over four years. He has also written a foreword to it. The book has been beautifully designed by Erik Månsson. Vision Forum will arrange a series of public events to promote the book in the spring.
Per Huttner presents a version of his 6 meter sculpture “The Winnowing Ore” at ISBA in Besançon for the exhibition JPO. The piece was originally created for the solo exhibition “Poseidon Recreates Lake Texcoco” in Mexico City in 2014. The new version has been generously created by ISBA where Huttner is a member of the board.
Per Huttner contributes to the French anthology “Aspirations” published by L’aspirateur and Paon diffusion. The book looks critically at three exhibitions that took place during three consecutive years in Narbonne. The exhibitions reflected on the following questions:
- Is art a luxury?
- Is the artist a shaman?
- Contemporary art can it be a party?
Huttner’s text “The Carnivalesque and the Unknown” reflects on on the party as spiritual process and is lavishly illustrated with a large number of images from his practice.
We are proud to announce a 1+1=3 brainwave performance at Folkteatern in Gothenburg at 6.30pm on February 2 using the EEGsynth. Music is created by Jean-Louis Huhta; Robert Oostenveld is EEGcontroller and Per Huttner EEG performer – meaning that music and images will be generated from his brainwaves. The performance is divided into two parts and uses new technology and new concepts including brain-controlled videos. You can book your ticket here or here. Welcome!!!
Wednesday, January 23, Per Huttner will present his work with the EEGsynth at Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas (Institute of Philosphical Research) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City. The presentation looks into the practical and philosophical potential that is inherent in developing the field of Brainwave Music and develop discussions with the PhD students and postdocs of the institution.
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UNAM.
Circuito Mtro Mario de la Cueva
México D.F. 04510
The project is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Hüttner and MKP (Tomorrow’s Art Audiences) work with students at CICO (Center for Choregraphic Investigation) in Mexico City in January 2018. The pedagogical arm of Vision Forum and Curatorial Mutiny return to make a three day seminar January 21, 22 and 23. Together they will developing new formats for the integration methods from contemporary visual art and performance into education in dance and Choreography and will lead to a public presentation. In the process they will use knowledge from projects like Our Need for Consolation, Baroque Architecture and Submission and New Eyes.
The visit is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Vision Forum is proud to announce the presentation of the performance New Eyes at Pulqueria Insurgentes in Mexico City on January 18, 8 pm (Free Entrance). The performance is the outcome of a research trip in Mexico, the US and Brazil by choreographer Carima Neusser, visual artist Per Hüttner with music by composer Siri Jennefelt and with the participation of Pierre Lister and Miguel Ángel Sebastián.
The performance includes newly composed music, choreography, slideshows, smells, tastings and videos. Inspiration is taken from from baroque churches, Mexican soap operas, research on bats, meetings with representatives of the Apache nation, street food modernist Brazilian literature and includes something called “baby creatures.” The work is like the journey it describes: it that can not be understood rationally, but has to be experiences with all five senses – just as you cannot seize the magic of the night without allowing madness to enter your mind.
The artists synthesize an experience for the audience by extracting four moods or situations. Based on these, they create collages where different impression merge into new constellations. In each part, the artists start from impressions, feelings paradoxical and interconnected phenomena instead trying to recount what they experienced rationally.
The project is supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
Per Huttner contributes to the exhibition Tous les printemps du monde at Fort Griffon in Besançon, France. The exhibition brings together artists who have travelled between cultures and made that a part of their artistic practice. What is it like to meet the other? What is it like to leave what is known and to enter in close contact with foreign cultures, customs and the unknown? And maybe mostly the Homerian question, what happens when you return home with new perspectives on the world? The exhibition is open until December 16, 2018.
Per Huttner will be working with Finnish, Norwegian and Italian partners in Jakobstad in Northern Finland November 21-25. The meeting is organised by our long-standing partners Energiverket and Lac O E Lemon. It focuses on artists’ self-organisation and how working over national borders can make the work more rewarding and efficient. Huttner draws on over 25 years of experience of organising events for and with artists from the whole globe.
Per Huttner is interviewed in 360 degrees in Los Angeles by Associate Professor Kit Messham-Muir Curtin at the University, Perth, Australia. They talk about his practice, modernism, Metaphysics, deep time and much, much more.
Per Huttner will talk about his passion for radio at Nörd Café at Tekniska Museet October 17 at 6pm. He will talk about everything from his teen experiences with local radio in Sweden to live broadcasts in Lebanon. He is joined by Joakim Svanfeldt for the event.
In 2018 Swedish Visual artist Per Huttner and choreographer Carima Neusser organised a series of public events in Mexico City, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. The events brought together participants from visual art, choreography, neuroscience, philosophy as well as science and technology studies. The events were collective, speculative and investigated what the every day life of humans would be like if our bodies were equipped with more eyes than the two we have. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, our philosophy, technology, fashion and art? The events also investigated how technology offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us. The collaborating artists and researchers latched onto an exploration that mankind has engaged in since the time of first telescope and microscope. Together with composer and musician Siri Jennefelt, Huttner and Neusser will present a performance at Rönnells in Stockholm on September 27.
Per Huttner and the other artists involved in More Eyes have been invited to residencies in Greece and Portugal summer and early autumn 2018. During the residencies they are compiling the outcomes of the research undertaken in Mexico, California and Brazil winter 2018. They will present a performance at Rönnells in Stockholm on September 27, 2018. They are also preparing for an international interdisciplinary symposium in the Swedish Capital in 2020 bringing the most interesting people they have worked with to the land of elks and raindeer.
For the occasion of the CuttingEEG conference, the art-science collective 1+1=3 (Per Huttner, Samon Takahashi and Stephen Whitmarsh) has created a special exhibition at the Charcot Library in which you can explore the aesthetic qualities of early scientific research in electrical (brain) activity.
Books and illustrations are drawn from the personal library of the pioneer of neurology, Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) with the invaluable help of Guillaume Delaunay and Chantal Lantin. Documentation, records and recordings will also provide a chronology of the history of brainwave music, leading up to the recent performances of 1+1=3 in which they use the EEGsynth to convert EEG to music in real-time. Be sure to enjoy this opportunity between talks and posters to engage your brain in a different way and explore the unique history of Hopital Pitié-Salpêtrière. The library staff will also be present to allow you to explore the mind of the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
2-5 July, 2018 at Bibliothèque Charcot
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière
Per Huttner has written an extensive text on the artwork of friend and fellow artist Lenke Rotheman for the exhibition “Mending a Broken World” which is on view at the Living History Forum in Stockholm. Her art is the focus for the exhibition from June 14 until September 30. Rothman survived three concentration camps, and came to Sweden in 1945 as a 16 year old. It’s the first time in ten years that a major exhibition is devoted to her work. It will travel to Sörmalnds Museum in November 2018.
- Jean Claude Saintilus, Jean-Louis Huhta and Per Huttner perform at Lenin in Murmansk (June 7), Skolt Sami Museum in Neiden (June 8), Terminal B in Kirkenes (June 9), Fristaden in Stockholm (June 13) and at Putte’s Bar & Pizza in Helsinki (June 14).
Vision Forum is proud to invite you to a touring performance in the Nordic countries by visual artists and musicians from Haiti and Sweden. The performance offers a unique blend between conceptual art, contemporary music, Voodoo practices and brings them into dialogue with the cultures of the arctic. The performers use video projections, texts and create music using modular synthesizers, percussion and voice. They merge experimental music, traditional music and electronic dance music into a performative unity.
In the “The Boundaries of Death Challenged” they will focus on how views on human mortality informs and shapes our every day existence. The project brings together two distinct and opposing cosmologies: on the one hand, the secular, scientific Western tradition that sees death as the end and the Haitian outlook where the boundaries between the living and the dead remain porous. The dead “stay” among the living and voodoo artists like Jean-Claude Saintilus. He sees and interacts with them on a daily basis. In the performance the artists use field recordings from the arctic region and bring them into dialogue with their own artistic and spiritual practices.
Photo by Michael Miller
- Hemispherics by 1+1=3 will be performed at IKLECTIK Saturday, April 28th, starting at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm), followed by a talk and open discussion. You are warmly invited to share in the experience and following conversation.
1+1=3 is an interdisciplinary international collective working on the interface between performative art, music and neuroscience. Their research addresses the history of brainwave music, finding new ways of introducing contemporary neuroscience techniques and artistic concepts in a mixing of thoughts and ideas that originated in the late 60s with Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer. As part of their research, the group has developed the EEGsynth with which they can use live brain measurements to interface with analogue modular synthesizers, creating increasingly complex feedback loops between performer, audience and the sonic space.
In late April, 1+1=3 will be hosted by IKLECTIK for a short residency during which they will begin the development of a new performance using two performers interconnected via modular synthesizers, creating consonance and dissonance, change and order, in a push-and-pull of conscious and unconscious brain processes. 1+1=3 is Per Huttner, Samon Takahashi, Stephen Whitmarsh, Jean-Louis Huhta and Robert Oostenveld for this event.
1+1=3 is supported by Kulturbryggan and Helge Ax:son Johnsons fond.
- Welcome to hang out at C.off 7 -11pm, May 19 with dancers, choreographers, visual artists and musicians from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
Vision Forum and C.off invite you to an evening of food and performance that brings together visual art, dance, choreography and contemporary music from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The session is neither an open house, nor dinner, workshop or performance event – it is an open space for conversations, exchanges and the bar is open all night.
There is a continuous program throughout the evening. You can drop in at anytime and have a drink, enjoy a performative snack and participate in group performances, watch videos, listen to live music and meet people from different disciplines and places.
The event is the outcome of (and a reflection on) interdisciplinary sessions carried out this spring in Denmark and Finland taking inspiration from Stig Dagerman’s text “Our Need for Conciliation Is Insatiable.” Together the group has explored the text and what can be learned from open-ended experimentation around questions related to metaphysics and cosmology. The group has travelled, cooked, performed, taken hot tubs and saunas together and discussed in order to better understand how we relate to our bodies, disease and death in a society where economy and obedience to regulations are prioritized over human values. Collectively they seek new ways so that art can support the development of meaningful exchanges and dialogues around questions that have no answers.
The group invites You, who is interested in the arts, interdisciplinary exchanges, existential questions and/or collective cooking to join.
Participants in the project: Vanessa Virta, Sara Gurevitsch, Tuuli Malla, Emmi Venna, Alex Rosa, Karon Jonson, Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness, Agnes Due, Simone Bang Jørgensen, Emil Krog, John Andrew Wilhite, Per Huttner, Carima Neusser, Gry Tingskog and Stine Frandsen.
The project is initiated by Carima Neusser and Per Huttner. It is supported by Volt 1/17, the Nordic Culture fund and the City of Stockholm. Nordic partners include Medical Museion, Wooloo, Human Hotel, Morgondagens konstpublik, Linnéuniversitet, Wrap and Energiverket.
After the successful session in Copenhagen, Vision Forum and MKP will organise a workshop in Finland that takes its starting point from Stig Dagerman’s text ‘Our Need for Consolation’. In a time where art is becoming increasingly politicised, the need for platforms for free artistic practice becomes increasingly important. The most important idea with the project is to promote artistic autonomy.
Of course, art needs to be political, but the problem is that art institutions are under increased pressure to address particular agendas that are dictated by political interests. They in their turn need to ask artists to make art dealing with certain topics – which puts artists in problematic situations.
But rather than imposing political agendas in place, we put constraints in place so that the group get the freedom to engage in open-ended investigation. The organisers put these constraints in place after many long discussions, careful consideration, with clearly formulated questions in mind and based on many years of experience. The constraints are open for discussion and change as the project evolves and as the participants express your thoughts.
The workshop is organised by Per Huttner and Carima Neusser and is created in collaboration with Energiverket in Jakobstad.
The project is supported by Stockholm stad, Nordic Culture Fund and 1/17 Volt at Nordic Culture Point
A group of choreographers, visual artists and musicians will organise a workshop in Copenhagen that takes its starting point from Stig Dagerman’s text ‘Our Need for Consolation’. Through its reflection on how to fill human existence with meaning, it uses a language that is specifically Nordic and opens for discussions about difficult metaphysical questions. These reflections gives the group ammunition for developing performances and opens for discussions how these can encourage to a broader discussion about existential exchanges in society.
The group will then travel to Vaasa and Jakobstad in Northern Finland in early May to continue the work.
Participants: Vanessa Virta, Sara Gurevitsch, Tuuli Malla, Emmi Venna, Alex Rosa, Karon Jonson, Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness, Agnes Due, Simone Bang Jørgensen, Emil Krog, Emilia Gasiorek, John Andrew, Per Huttner, Carima Neusser and Stine Frandsen.
The Cookbook of Emotions is a three day lab at Tekniska museet where we (Per Huttner, Vilma Luostarinen and Natasha Rosling) together start develop a cookbook that focuses on the relationship between food and emotions as well as how food can be a tool to sense and rediscover our own bodies. The book wants to understand if a meal can be a journey into another realm/reality. How do the settings that we eat in, our expectations and other external factors affect how we experience the meal?
We invite you to be a part of the research of this book in the making and at the same time experience a journey into your own body.
Welcome! April 5, 13.30 and 14.30; April 6-7 at 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 in Innovationslabbet at Tekniska Museet.
The project forms a part of “Robotics and the Gut” and is supported by the City of Stockholm.
Vision Forum is proud to announce a public event that connects three of the projects that we are involved in. The project will be shown publically at La vilette in Paris. Based on the “Spiritual Lapdance” that More Eyes presented in Los Angeles they will join forces with the EEGsynth team and Daniela de Paulis Cogito project at La folie numerique.
13:00 EEG mechanical piano installation, synth jams with Kevin Bartoli
19:00 Ignacio Rebollo (ENS): Lecture – Synchronous waves in the mind, brain and stomach
20:00 Samon Takahashi: Lecture – Pioneers of brainwave music
21:00 Carima Neusser, Per Huttner, Stephen Whitmarsh: Spiritual Lapdance, EEG-music & dance performance
Entry is free and all events are open to the public.
- More Eyes: A speculative event with neuroscience, visual art, music and dance.
OC Oswaldo de Andrade, March 10, 16.30-18.30 – presentations are in Portuguese and entry is free of charge.
Welcome to More Eyes!
OC Oswaldo de Andrade invites you an open and experimental laboratory where neuroscience, art, dance and music together look for new forms of understanding the world. As an audience member you will enjoy a mix of short presentations, performances, videos and collective exercises that all reflect on how we as humans perceive the world through the body and through vision. Both science and the arts share similar and different understandings on how our inner and outer worlds are shaped and interact: How can the thinking around these questions, the feeling of our bodies inform how we take in the world? Can we activate our senses in new an unexpected ways by learning about ourselves and about life together?
By allowing these ideas to co-exist the participants and audience will learn and develop together. Each presentation offers research questions, possible answers and solutions rather than facts. You, as an audience member therefore play an important part in the ongoing research, exchanges and your contribution can inform the form and content of the event.
Alvaro Machado Dias will talk about how meditation has changed how neuroscience understands the world and invites the audience to make a meditative practice with a drummer. Lia Chaia will present videos of her work and make a group exercise. Per Huttner, Carima Neusser and Siri Jennefelt will present a video performance. The event will end by a collective discussion where everyone can share their views.
More Eyes forms a part of Swedish Visual artist Per Huttner and choreographer Carima Neusser’s research into the above questions. It has been presented in similar formats in Mexico City and Los Angeles. The event in Sao Paulo has been developed with researcher Vinicius Spricigo. The project is organised by Vision Forum and funded by Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Stockholm stad, the Swedish Arts Council and is supported by Sao Paulo Escola de Teatro.
- Alvaro Machado Dias, Neuroscientist, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
- Lia Chaia, artist, Sao Paulo
- Per Huttner, artist, Paris
- Carima Neusser, choreographer, Stockholm
- Siri Jennefelt, composer, Stockholm
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018, AT TORRANCE ART MUSEUM, 6 – 9 PM.
- BUILD YOUR ART COLLECTION AND SUPPORT THE TORRANCE ART MUSEUM!
ALL WORKS FOR SALE ARE PRICED AT $100
On March 17th, 2018, from 6 – 9 pm, Torrance Art Museum will be hosting Odyssey II, a special fundraising event with all proceeds benefitting Torrance Art Museum Advocates (TAMA) and its efforts. TAMA, now in its third year, is a 501 (c3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for the museum, its goals and exhibitions.
Attendees will be able to purchase art works donated by artists who have shown at TAM or are part of the Los Angeles art community. All works will be $100. All money raised will be used exclusively for direct assistance for exhibitions – in stipends to artists and panel speakers, for shipping costs to bring great art here, to supply higher quality audio/visual equipment, and other necessary requirements that we hope will help us become an even more dynamic and artist-centric institution.
Join Swedish visual artist Per Huttner and choreographer Carima Neusser as they bring together participants from visual art, choreography and neuroscience. This workshop will act as a collective and speculative investigation into what every day human life would be like if our bodies were equipped with more eyes than the two we have. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, philosophy, technology, fashion and art? Participants will investigate how technology can offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us–from the invention of the first telescope and microscope to surgeons operating through the internet, as well as man controlling the Mars Rover from earth, and more.
Together participants will search for new questions and perspectives, and use their creative practices to imagine alternative futures and pasts. How can this speculative thought experiment influence our future?
A Workshop + Collective Speculative Journey
Saturday, February 10
12 – 2 PM
FREE and open to the public
Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA, 90503
Spiritual Lap Dance is a performance by visual artist Per Huttner and choreographer and dancer Carima Neusser that takes place at Winslow Garage in the evening of February 5 (6-9pm). The individual members of the audience are invited one by one to sit on a chair in the virtually empty and dark garage. In the dark there will be loud music, spiritual matters addressed and some dancing. The Performance forms a part of Huttner and Neusser’s ongoing investigation into how our lives, technologies, sciences, entertainment and fashion would be different like if humans were endowed with more eyes than the two we currently have. Connected events will be performed in Torrance CA, Mexico City and Sao Paulo in February and March. They collaborate with choreographers, artists and neuroscientists as they travel. For the current event very little of the higher brain functions will be activated.
Spiritual Lap Dance is supported by the Swedish Arts Council and Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Per Huttner and Carima Neusser will organise a performative guided tour through the Biblioteca Vasconcelos with the goal of shifting the perception and understanding of the world that surrounds us ever so slightly for a small audience of 20 people. Together with independent researcher Sandra Gonzales Santos and philosopher of mind Miguel Angel Sebastian they investigate how having and extra eye attached or integrated to the body open novel perspectives on our every day experience. What would that mean for human anatomy, the body’s movements, our philosophy, technology, fashion and art? They will look into how technology can offer eyes to see and embody experiences that were previously out of reach for us, an exploration that mankind has engaged in since the time of first telescope and microscope. This tradition continues now that man can control rovers on Mars or carry out surgery via the internet using modern technology. Together the four will undertake a speculative journey that will trigger the imagination of the audience and allow philosophy, science and technology studies, visual art and choreography to meet in a fun and challenging way.
More information (in Spanish) here.
MKP (Tomorrow’s Art Audiences) has been working with students at CICO (Center for Choregraphic Investigation in Mexico City in January. Together they have been developing new format for integration methods from contemporary art into education in dance and Choreography. The project is supported by Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Stockholm stad and the Swedish Arts Council.
The EEGsynth and 1+1=3 have been rewarded a considerable Kulturbryggan grant. With this grant the group will develop ways to fuse musicians’ brains, furthering our interdisciplinary research in brain-synthesis. Specifically, we will create ways for people to “jam” together, by connecting their EEG to sound equipment. It will allow anyone with a brain – irrespective of clumsy hands, or any hands at all – to use their brain as an instrument and learn to communicate in non-verbal way through sound and musical.
As a part of “Capital(e) Lumière” Per Huttner presents his video “Winter Golf.” The three day event takes place at Maison Victor Hugo in Besançon. The event is organised by Montagne Froide, a collective engaged in research, promotion and presentation of contemporary art.
November 24 -27, 2017, from 18:00 and throughout the night
Maison Victor Hugo
1+1= 3 will present a new performance in conjunction with the opening of “If Seeing is Believing” curated by Susanne Ewerlöf at Fullersta gård in Huddinge. The trio will reflect on time and cyclicality in neuroscience, art and music between 12 noon and 4pm on November 11, 2017.
Living organisms are framed by the cycles of their environment, but they do not passively mirror them: from the circadian generator to heart pacemaker cells, biological organisms embed different kinds of cycles. More than that, they are themselves embedded in the cycles of birth and death. In a way, our mind is a micro-cosmos of synchronization: Using electroencephalography (EEG) the group can record oscillatory activity in the brain and observe their and waxing and waning in time with our mental life. It is, in fact, possible to understand the relationship between our mental life and EEG activity to a degree that we can learn to control them. Especially if we, thanks to modern neuroscience, are able to experience them directly. For this purpose 1+1=3 has developed the EEGsynth, with which they transform EEG into sound and explore the rhythms of the brain. The EEGsynth is a collaborative interdisciplinary open-source and open-hardware project, bringing together musicians, artists, neuroscientists and developers in artistic, pedagogical and scientific exploration.
1+1=3 has started creating an album and a publication using the EEGsynth, and in which they explore the relationship between brain activity, sound, and time. The will be using using their sonic and EEG instruments to create and manipulate sonic expressions of time. They will invite the visitor to join them in this investigation, to see how we work, and discuss with us your ideas of time, and how we can enter into it.
Per Huttner travels for Vision Forum in the Nordic countries in the next few weeks. The visits include research in Copenhagen, Jakobsdal and Helsinki in preparation for the project “Our Need for Consolation.” He will also make a series of lectures Jakobsdal in order to inspire them to develop the new museum/culture institution they are creating. He will also meet with the Medical Museion in Denmark to learn more about their work and expansive plans for the future.
Per Huttner participates in the group exhibition ‘Can Contemporary Art Be a Party’ at L’Aspirateur in Narbonne. Huttner shows work that was created for the project ‘Ö – a Möbius Trip.’ The exhibition is curated by Laurent Deveze and is open from September 23 – November 25, 2017. More info here.
Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann talks about art, science and spirituality at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm
– September 17, 6 -8pm.
We are proud to announce a unique opportunity to meet and listen to Roald Hoffmann chemist and artist. He writes poetry, plays and is currently working on an opera with a composer. In Hoffmann’s richly illustrated lecture, Hoffmann will move from chemistry, as an essential tool for making art to the artistic elements in the molecular science. He will then take on a more difficult task of sketching the spiritual ground which art and a science – that has creation at its heart – share. He will even take a wild leap to modern times, by posing a question that at first sight seems absurd: Is there an analogue in science to abstract art? We’ll see.
The event also hosts the first public presentation an artwork by Swedish artist, Per Hüttner that is devoted to Hoffmann’s work. It focuses on the laureate’s passion for the dialogue between science and art with aim of inspiring conversations on the topic. The artwork forms a part of a suite of pieces devoted to eight Nobel laureates that has been developed in dialogue with the museum.
Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981, which he shared with Kenichi Fukui “for their theories, developed independently, concerning the course of chemical reactions.” Hoffmann is a theoretical chemist, which means that he does not really do experiments or have a laboratory. Instead he thinks and computes. He focuses on supporting the general public in understanding chemistry and inspiring fellow chemists to create and discover. His primary work tool is therefore writing, although he often underlines that drawing models of molecules or the locations of electrons in “orbitals” is a very important part of his practice.
Come join us for this inspiring event. It is free of charge and the bar is open from 6pm. There is a limited number of seats, and booking is essential. So make sure you book your seat as soon as possible using this link.
The project is supported by Stockholm County Council and Stockholms Stad.
Tomorrow’s Art Audiences is an ongoing research project that investigates how the methods of contemporary art can revitalise education and learning among the young. We are collaborating with young creators at St. Eriksgymnasiet and Kristofferskolan in Stockholm. Per Huttner and Carima Neusser develop new methodologies in cooperation with Lars Palm at the Linnéuniversity. We acknowledge that all private and public sites have different layers of stories. Some are obvious, while others require closer scrutiny to become visible. The project shows how artistic methods and strategies can be used in a site-specific survey where hidden stories are made visible. The process thus shows how we can create an understanding of our world. There will be public presentations at Hallwylska museet in central Stockholm, September 20, 1-7pm.
“The Artist Home Away” reflects on what the artist’s role could or should be in contemporary society as well as how the dialogue between artist and their audiences can become more dynamic. It does so from the perspective of how we look at work, private life and how the two interact. The artwork is presented at “Vallastaden 2017,” an international architectural expo that looks for dynamic solutions for future living.
Selected events from the pogram:
- Sixten Nielsen from Human Hotel lectures and works with students from Linköping University.
- Installtions and presentations by participating artists Lise Yuen Kolstad and Li Xiaofei,
- Carima Neusser, Siri Jennefelt. and Per Hüttner perform for and create workshops in dialogue with students from Linköping University.
The project is organised with Tomorrow’s Art Audience, supported by Linköpings universitet, Nordic Culture Fund as well as 1/17 Volt. More info here.
- An interdisciplinary journey in and around Stockholm/Huddinge on May 20, 2017.
This is a unique invitation to a magical and rare event. You are welcome to join an international group of artists and researchers as they explore the mathematical and psychological concept of Local Minima. The exploration takes the shape of a bus tour through off-sites of Flemingsberg and Huddinge, south of Stockholm. It is part research, part game, part performance that will take you to unfamiliar locations and to discover unknown places.
Local Minima includes contributions by Predrag Petrovic, Alicja Rogalska, Fabien Guillermont, Per Huttner, Mounira al Solh and more to be announced. The participants will meet you when you arrive at the journey’s destination and you will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with them and your fellow travellers.
When: 20 May; 13.00-18.00 (approximate times)
Where: Pick up and drop off in central Stockholm . The tour will go to Flemingsberg and to Fullersta Gård in central Huddinge (Fullersta Gårdsväg 18). Details TBA.
How: Everyone is invited to join and it is free of charge. Further details will be announced. You can book your seat on the bus or ask questions by contacting Susanne Ewerlöf at Fullersta Gård: susanne.ewerlof (at) gmail.com
The project is a collaboration with Karolinska institutet, Fullersta Gård and supported by Kulturbryggan.
Vision Forum is travelling to Kirkenes and Murmansk with Wooloo Denmark and Pikene på Broen.
Together they will investigate how the development of digital technologies and the rising price of real estate in our city centres affect the relationship between home and work. Together they will focus on three questions:
- How are the boundaries between living space and working space changing? How does architecture and city planning respond to these challenges?
- How can we make our daily life at work more rewarding?
- How can the young develop new ways to earn a living that makes them feel appreciated and engaged?
The group hopes to create a better understanding about the potential for the future of work and what can be done to make it more inspiring for the workforce and how people can find a deeper meaning in their existence. The research will create a better historical understanding about how the home and the workplace are linked as well as how art and culture can actively be a part of changing the social and physical fabric of the city.
The project will offer new contacts between four Nordic and a Russian city (Copenhagen, Kirkenes, Stockholm, Norrköping and Murmansk) and offer them an important creative and critical input. It will offer new ideas about how Nordic cities and their social networks can function more dynamically in the future. It will inspire new dialogues between disconnected players and develop methods and knowledge with long-lasting effects and impact.
The network’s activities will lay the foundation for an exhibition and connected events in conjunction with “Vallastaden 2017,” which is an international architectural expo that looks at the future of living and working. In preparation for the exhibition a group of Nordic creators will live with families in Linköping during two weeks and together reflect on the problematics of the project. This working method is based on Wooloo’s previous experiences with “Applied Hospitality” and will develop these ideas in a broader Nordic context.
The artists Lise Yuen, William Rawlings, Li Xiaofei and Per Huttner will travel in the project and meet artists and cultural workers from the region.
A ubiquitous radio broadcasting in Ulises Carrión’s footsteps
Unfold, in collaboration with Jumex Museum, Mexico City, De Appel, Amsterdam and documenta 14, Athens is thrilled to invite you to join the radio broadcasting event that inaugurates the building up of its upcoming last issue dedicated to the work of the Dutch/Mexican artist Ulises Carrión (summer 2018).
The radio show brings together Carrión’s fans and scholars alike across space and time with discussions, readings, and performances from all three cities. The radio show addresses the resonance of Ulises Carrión’s oeuvre in contemporary culture, as well as discusses current forms and strategies of (artistic) self-determination beyond, behind, or within institutions.
Three radio stations will be temporarily installed at Museo Jumex, De Appel and Parko Eleftherias in collaboration with three local web radios. Local audiences are welcome to join the event in one of the locations, while everyone, everywhere can listen to the broadcast on the world wide web.
In conjunction with the event, Per Huttner presents a performance drawing inspiration from Ulises Carrion’s “Gossip, Scandal and Good Behavior.”
22 APRIL 2017
12PM – 3PM (GMT- 6) – Mexico City
07PM – 10PM (CEST) – Amsterdam
08PM – 11PM (EEST) – Athens
Broadcasted live through:
Radio Tropiezo, MEXICO CITY
Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, AMSTERDAM
Cannibal Radio, ATHENS (part of “Every Time A Ear di Soun”, a documenta 14 Radio Project)
MUSEO JUMEX, MEXICO CITY
DE APPEL, AMSTERDAM
DOCUMENTA 14, PARKO ELEFTHERIAS, ATHENS
Native Foreigners is initiated by the web publishing/archiving platform Unfold in the context of Ulises Carrión’s retrospective Dear Reader. Don’t Read at Museo Jumex in collaboration with the Society of Friends of Ulises Carrión, Parlament of Bodies, documenta 14 and the Ulisses Carrión Research Group, De Appel, Amsterdam.
Unfold is a project curated by Sara Giannini, designed by Raoul Audouin and funded by Vision Forum.
Start in the Middle (performance) by Per Hüttner (artist) and Carima Neusser (choreographer) with music by Siri Jennefelt.
Thursday April 27, 2017
AlbumArte | Via Flaminia 122, Rome
The performance, which closes Campo Grossi Maglioni exhibition, is open to the public by reservation only (time will be communicated to participants)
In conjunction with the closing of of Campo Grossi Maglioni exhibition, a project designed on the occasion of Grossi Maglioni duo’s ten years of activity.
Start in the Middle is a participatory event that mixes the formats of lecture and meditation into a seamless whole. The performers use sounds, lights, images and contemplative exercises to invite the audience to participate in a collective journey. The participation allows them to engage in physical and imaginative activities that opens paths to engage with their personal wishes and desires.
Per Hüttner – Wayob
- Galleri Fagerstedt, Stockholm April 6 – May 13, 2017 and performance May 2.
Galleri Fagerstedt is proud to announce Per Huttner’s second solo show with the gallery. The work in this exhibition is the outcome of a research journey undertaken by artist Per Huttner and fashion designer Emilia Rota in Guatemala and El Salvador in May and June 2016. The investigation set out to better understand the concept of “wayob” which in both ancient and contemporary Mayan language mean “sleeping.” But sleep here also indicates “nagual” which means a capacity to transform one self into animal and to move between different realities. In other words, in Mayan ontology a person is made up of three parts: a waking self, a sleeping self and an animal self.
For a westerner, the meeting with wayob is therefore a meeting between two profoundly different worldviews, not only on identity, but on the constitution of the universe. In order to interact with this outlook, one has to reconsider basic conceptions about nature and our own individual place in the world. The project creates bridges between worldviews from different times and different places. In a reality of infinite movement where there are also different layers, there is a need for dialogue between the different parallel worlds. There is a need for the “nagual” or a trickster. Characters like these recur in many indigenous Amerindian cultures. The trickster is dualistic someone who can both protect and cause harm. The photographic images depict transformations: people, creatures, characters in process of becoming something else and moving between worlds. They also depict the sensuality that can be associated with such transgressions, journeys and the potential that is inherent in the rediscovery of our bodies.
In the sculpture that is central to the exhibition the audience can discover how the research has led to the release of hidden powers in the human mind and body. The work is made up of curtain that covers the back wall of the gallery. A bed protrudes mysteriously a few inches from the wall, disappearing into another world. The curtain is made of the same material as one of the characters in the photos wear. Along the bottom light moves back and forward according to a complicated and unpredictable pattern. The light is a translation of the artist’s brain activity under hypnosis. It was recorded at Ecole normale supérieure in Paris in November 2016. It uses special technology that has been developed by the artist in dialogue with neuroscientists in France and Holland over the last three years.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Huttner and dancer Carima Neusser will present a collaborative performance. The work is a platform for the individual member of the audience to reflect on what role that emotions play in his/her life. Are we prisoners of our fears or do we follow our wishes and desires? What are the dangers and rewards that await us in life if we follow our emotions? The performance mixes the formats of lecture and meditation into a seamless whole to reflect on these and related questions. The artists use sounds, lights, images and meditative texts to invite the audience to participate in a collective journey in order to find hidden pleasure and beauty in their every day.
During the duration of the exhibition Per Hüttner will present new performative work at Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Albumarte in Rome and at Fullersta Gård in Huddinge. The sculpture has been developed with kind support from Kulturbryggan and the exhibition is supported by Vision Forum.
Private view April 6.
Vision Forum is travelling to Paris to investigate the possibilities of further research in dialogue with neuroscience, psychology and robotics. We work with Alan Winfield at Bristol Robotics Lab and David Mcgoran at Rusty Squid. The Vision Forum team involves participants who have worked with us for a long time with projects such as OuUnPo and the EEGsynth. Keep your eyes peeled on our Current Projects page to look for new developments. The meeting is not open to the public, but takes place in Paris April 11-12.
Welcome to Global Media Café: A Second Home: Mediating Borders and Hospitality – A symposium bringing together academic and artistic perspectives on refugees, migration and citizenship’ The event, which includes four sessions and round-table discussions, starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:30 pm, followed by a mingle. The event is hosted by The Department of Media Studies, and funded by the Leading Research Environment: Global Media Studies and the Politics of Mediated Communication. Participants include: Fataneh Farahadi, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Christian Christensen, Rebecca Bengtsson, Anna Roosvall, Tomáš Rafa, Florencia Enghel, Temi Odumosu, Erik Berggren, Kosta Ekonomou, Sebastian Dahlqvist and UNICORN, Abir Boukhari, Macarena Dusant, Jon Brunberg, Anusha Caroline Andersson Aca, Per Hüttner and Jasper de Rycker and other artists.
More info here.
Vision Forum is proud to announce the fourth MKP meeting in Norrköping March 20 to 21, 2017. This year’s seminar will focus on how the human body can be activated in a more dynamic way in learning in schools and museums. We are especially interested in exploring how the physical and intellectual processes interact in the young to create understanding of themselves and the outside world. The events will be held at CNEMA and Norrköpings konstmuseum and the program inclides a workshop by: Esther Mollo and David Ayoun from France; lectures by Måns Ahlin and Lars Palm as well as a presentation by Mira Mutka. For program and more detailed information visit the MKP-website.
After the successful launch of the Brain Control Club in October, Vision Forum now develop a collaboration with École Normale Superieur in Paris. The project is focused on recording Per Huttner’s brainwaves under hypnosis together with hypnotist and neuroscientist Hernan Anllo. The signals will first be treated by his colleague Stephen Whitmarsh using the EEGsynth and they will be used as a starting point for a musical composition by Jean-Louis Huhta. This recording will be the A-side of a 7″ single that 1+1=3 will release in 2017. For the B-side, Huttner will listen to the recording, again under hypnosis. This second recording will be treated by Whitmarsh and they will be used for a second musical composition by Huhta.
Huttner has also travelled with Vision Forum to London and Bristol to investigate the possibilities of further research in dialogue with neuroscience, psychology and robotics. The team involves Alan Winfield from Bristol Robotics Lab and David Mcgoran at Rusty Squid. The team involves also participants who have worked with us for a long time with projects such as OuUnPo and the EEGsynth.
Per Huttner will present a series of performances, lectures and other public events in Stockholm, Norrköping and Växjö in the beginning of October. These include the ongoing research within the project MPK which investigates how methodologies from contemporary art can be integrated into education and pedagogy and talking about his practice to young creators as well as development of the collaborative project 1 + 1 = 3.
EMS, Stockholm, October 7 at 6pm
Over the last two years, Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Hüttner and Stephen Whitmarsh (collectively : 1+1=3) have been researching the parallels between brain analysis and sound synthesis, as well as the potential of brain-controlled synthesizers in music and artistic performance. They developed their own real-time brain-controlled synthesizer they call the EEGsynth. The project remains completely open-source, which means that anyone interested in exploring the relationship between the brain and sound performance can use it and contribute to its development.
The idea of controlling music or musical equipment using EEG is certainly not new and has been around since the 60s. However, science and technology have advanced greatly since then, allowing a much broader participation in experimentation with brain measurements and sound synthesis. What is possible now? What could the future offer in this exciting field?
At EMS you will find out more about ideas and technology in the field. You will hear about how 1+1=3, in their next project will draw inspiration from Iannis Xenakis, who radically challenged ideas about music by letting his compositions be controlled according to the rules of stochastics (degrees of randomness). With the emerging possibilities of neuroscience controlling sound and composition, Xenakis ideas will be rediscovered in a new and stimulating manner. With the EEGsynth project the developers invite you to explore these questions and also to connect, to experiment, to learn, and to collectively push the boundaries of what is possible.
On October 7, you are invited you to a unique opportunity to hear about how the EEGsynth has been developed, how it works, and how you can become part of its future development. Jean-Louis, Per and Stephen will present their experiences of working around the globe (Brazil, the US, France, Germany and Greece) and will give a live demonstration.
Let’s explore the future of music together!
1+1=3 and the EEGsynth is supported by Innovativ kultur, Statens kulturråd, Konstnärsnämnden and Stockholm stad.
The first leg of the project Uniformity-Animality is a research journey to Guatemala and El Salvador. The project is lead by artist Per Huttner and fashion designer Emilia Rota. Together they will reflect on how dialogues between our rational selves and other potential and existing selves can or could co-exist. It is a journey into sexuality, power, patterns of the dominated and the dominating as well as how expressions of fear seep out in our everyday existence. The project takes its starting point from the idea in Mayan Cosmology that our beings are made up of three interconnected selves: the waking self, the sleeping self and the animal self. The participants will meet representatives of current Mayan society and how it expresses itself in.
1+1=3 is an artistic collaboration between Jean-Louis Huhta (musician), Per Huttner (artist) and Stephen Whitmarsh (neuroscientist). We are proud to announce the launch of our website that documents some of the events and ideas that we have developed since we made our first performance together during the OuUnPo-session in Sao Paulo in 2014.
The starting point for our work can be found in our shared 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 also collaborate with Robert Oostenveld in Holland to develop new EEG technology that can be used both for performances, scientific research and ideally in projects that bridge the two.