The Act of Seeing - performance

The idea of human extend their sensory in purpose to improve its operational capability using technological improvement is not something new. It has been there for decades. However, the notion of interconnectivity and looping reaction between human and technology is an interesting territory.

The Act of Seeing explores the potential relationship between eye movements and improvised audiovisual/live cinema by creating a performance piece where the data from the performer’s eyes movement will be generated into motion images & sound using a technique of measuring electrical potential. Moving images will be projected into the performer’s body: the lights from the moving images will affect the eyes’ movement and create a feedback loop reaction between eyes and motion images.

During the performance, the performer sits in front of digital projector. The performer wears electrode patches on either side of the temples, forehead, and zygomatic region. These electrode patches read electrical potential from eye muscle movement. The data signal from the eye muscle that can measured is referred to as the electrooculographic signal (EOG). The EOG signal then generated into prepared visuals using software written by the performer. These visuals will react to the EOG signal sent by the eye muscle. Movements from the eyes determine the colours and frame rates of the motion images. These visuals will themselves then be projected onto the performer’s body. The lights from the projector triggers the movement and reaction on any muscle and nerve around the eye area. The whole process creates a feedback loop system between the eye and visuals. The EOG signal will also generated prepared audio that matches to the visual and eye movements.

In the end, the question is, which is in control of the image circulation? The body, or technology?

The Act of Seeing is supported by Newcastle Institute of Creative Art Practice.

First presentation at "Made in ..." exhibition at Culture Lab, 2016.