Fluid Mind | Brainwaves Visualization

Data Visualization | 3D Generative Art | Realtime Experience

The brain has billions of neurons, and each individual neuron connects (on average) to thousands of others. Communication happens between them through small electrical currents that travel along the neurons and throughout enormous networks of brain circuits. When all these neurons are activated they produce electrical pulses – visualize a wave rippling through the crowd at a sports arena – this synchronized electrical activity results in a “brainwave”. Different patterns of brainwaves can be recognized by their amplitudes and frequencies. Brainwaves can then be categorized based on their level of activity or frequency. My aim for this project is to explore a more poetic and artistic way to visualize the brainwaves and reveal the invisible beauty of the SELF.

Fluid Mind was initially inspired by Bruce Lee’s famous quote: “Be water, my friend.” Being “water” means that our consciousness, mindset, and sense should be adaptive to the outer environment.

By cooperating with Zi Li, a graduate student from Mannes of the New School, and a skillful pianist, I was able to observe the visual variation when Li was doing different things. For example, when Li was reading a book, the EEG device recognized his focus was gradually increasing when he paid more attention to the content of the book and ignored his surroundings, which could be noticed from the shape of the visual form on the screen. The magical moment happened when I saw Li’s different emotions from his piano performance of various kinds of music.