Topologies of Desire is a technochamanistic performance created with brain readings from a group of therapist and shamans converted into three-dimensional disks. A laser system designed to scan them reads the topol- ogy on the data discs and converts them in to sound. The performance explores the psychoacoustic use of sound to provoke extrasensory experiences based on binaural rhythms and musical structures from Mexican indige- nous traditions.
Presented at INDEX MUAC (UNIVERSITARY MUSEUM OF COMTEMPORARY ART) ESPACIO X CCE ( CULTURAL CENTER OF SPAIN IN MEXICO) AND ALUMNOS47 MOBILE LIBRARY
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The term sensory substitution refers to a non-invasive technique introduced by neuroscientist Paul Bach-y-Rita in the 60’s who attends restoring senses damaged using hybrid interfaces brain-machine to redirect certain characteristics of a sensory modality to another and using the adaptive capacities of the brain to replace perceptual categories. He suggests that while the brain and its connection with the environment operate properly, peripheral sensory systems are secondary in the exercise of global cognition.
The aim of the prototype of sensory substitution is to allow the brain to create a mapping of space through sound and electrotáctiles sensations. And thus consider expanding human capabilities and challenge the Aristotelian conception that postulates five senses with specific functions clearly separated from each other.
In this project we are using OpenCV to detect blobs from a video camara attached to the Raspberry Pi, this detections is later tranform into sound using SuperCollider and SC.VO.3.1 for python and electrical impulses using GPIOS.
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