The Power of Ontologies


- EEG-controlled audio and sound performance for “2084″ at the Cable Factory, Helsinki October 13, 2020.


During the performance, Per Hüttner will guide the audience on a journey into George Orwell’s life and the places he lived when he was working on the novel 1984. There are several unexpected twists and turns during the journey. Hüttner creates an atmosphere for imagination defined by music, pre-recorded moving images and an Electroencephalogram (EEG). The EEG is a way of recording brain activity on the surface of the scalp and is a unique technology that Hüttner has been developing together with neuroscientists, musicians and other artists since 2014.

All the sounds in the performance come from readings of 1984 or from film adaptations of the novel. The artist takes a unique approach underlining the fact that there are no descriptions of nature in the story; all focus remains on the interactions between humans. Furthermore, Hüttner proposes an alternative scenario for Orwell’s machinations of an autocratic state offering a new narrative to the cold, grey, rationalist London.

The exhibition and performance program was curated by Anne Klontz and supported by the Nordic Culture Point.

(The image is from the preparation of the performance. More photos, videos and detailed descriptions will be added shortly.)