Re-mapping the senses

Workshop @ Radiona Zagreb, 21-22/04/2018

Our perception of the world is shaped by our expectations and assumptions, as well as what we see. But our senses are easily tricked. This workshop will explore ways in which we can remap perception creatively to enhance our experience of objects and space.

Participants experiment with multisensory illusion, combining sound, light, and tactile elements, to create hallucinatory effects, changing our perception of space and our bodies, tricking our mind into thinking parts of our body have transformed or moved. These experiments highlight perceptual plasticity; our ability to adapt and make sense of new sensory information.

Participants will solder a circuit board to create a biofeedback brain-machine based on an electric fish, the ‘Fish-brain-interface’. Take part in psychology experiments, explore spatial perception through modifying our senses, discuss and develop our own new experiments and experiences.

As an introduction, I will talk about sensory systems in animals, such as electric fish, and the ways in which I have used these ideas in my work [Enki project] and the current scientific and artistic research in these areas. These themes will be explored through demonstrations, experiments and discussion.

Day 1:
Introduction [Backgrund to my work Science and art and the Enki project]
demonstration of  Psychoacoustic sonic illusions.
Fish brain Machine circuit [ See below ]
Sensory deprivation – Ganzfeld perception [ See below ]
Clay hand / invisible hand experiment.
DIY out of body experience [if there is time]

Day 2:
Modifying and enhancing perception.
Transmitting and receiving sound through light.
Sensing and transmitting through electromagnetic fields [resource]
– Considering electromagnetic objects or objects created with sound and light. Discussing/inventing.
Electronic taste perception experiments [resource]


Fish-Brain-Machine circuit
The Fish-Brain-Machine circuit represents biology of an electro-genic fish known as the Black Ghost Knife Fish. These fish navigate with electrical fields generated from within their bodies. Their skin is used as a receptor to see the world around them.
The Enki project used the electrical signals from these fish to control stroboscopic flashing lights that create hallucinogenic visual patterns, that in turn affect our brain states*. Sweat sensors send a signal back to the fish, creating an interconnected loop of biofeedback between the human and fish.
The Fish-Brain-Machine circuit senses sweat levels on your fingertips to control the stroboscopic LEDs. Place this over the eyes, sit back and experience hallucinogenic visuals. The Circuit represents the Enki project in miniature and was designed in collaboration with Marc Dusseiller as part of the Enki exhibition Kapellica Gallery, Ljubljana, SloveniaLink to Enki Project 2012…


Fish-Brain-Interface Brain MAchine PCB circuit boards. Designed in collaboration with Marc

Sensory deprivation and perceptual isolationGanzfeld experiment
(from the German for “entire field”) is a technique that was ‘used in the field of parapsychology to test individuals for extra-sensory perception (ESP). It uses homogeneous and unpatterned sensory stimulation. The deprivation of patterned sensory input is said to be conducive to inwardly-generated impressions.’ We will use ping-pong balls placed over the eyelids to create homogenous fields and listen to white noise to see what happens.

Ganzfeld experiment. From xxx micro research residency