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Colour your world with mind painting!


11 November 2014

For those people who don't believe they have a 'creative bone in their body', now there's the opportunity to challenge yourself to mind painting! A group of students from the University of Sydney are the masterminds of a unique, digital art project Mind Paintings, which will be launched for the 'The 7mm Pitch' public installation at Broadway's Central at Central Park, on Friday, 14 November at 6pm.

As part of the Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (MIDEA) program at the University of Sydney, Mind Paintings is an innovative, interactive project that enables people to paint with their minds by reading their brain waves.

The University of Sydney project led by MIDEA Lecturer Dr Caitilin de Bérigny and international lighting designer Bruce Ramus, in collaboration with Adobe and the University's innovation lab, is the first of its kind in Australia.

Using a Mindwave wireless device, the wearable headset picks up the user's electroencephalogram (EEG) that measures the brain's electrical signals. Alpha waves and beta waves, which record the attention and meditation levels of a person, are translated into abstract digital paintings.

Mind Paintings at Central offers visitors the opportunity to sit inside a 'meditative pyramid' and watch their brain waves paint live before their eyes on a massive digital display. Levels of stress and relaxation, picked up through brain activity, are reflected in the final digital painting.

Dr Caitilin de Bérigny said: "For the first time, we can get a creative glimpse of a person's state of mind. The more meditative and relaxed the state of a person, the greater the visual impact on the digital canvas.

"The project transgresses the boundaries between the physical and the virtual. Thought becomes visual, mood becomes art, inside becomes outside.

"It shows us the potential that interactive technology can play, encouraging health and well-being through meditation. The more you meditate, the greater your potential to create digital artworks," she said.

Mind Paintings is the second University of Sydney project to feature in 'The '7mm Pitch' at Central - a digital art program curated by Bruce Ramus and an ongoing initiative of the Central at Central Park team.

Bruce Ramus commented: "Mind Paintings explores the idea of a greater mind, and whether the energy we feel in our body can precede our thoughts.

"Using sophisticated technology, as well as a lot of hard work and self-examination, the students have created a beautiful suite of works that will not only enhance the public space at Central, but will encourage people to express themselves creatively.

"It's been a joy to watch the students respond to this challenge creatively, and to see how they have developed an understanding of their own creative process," he said.

The public will engage with up to twelve works that will revolve on the digital wall at Central between 12noon and 3pm daily from 15 to 28 November 2014.

"Central is delighted to be showcasing Mind Paintings on its digital wall. It's an innovation that we know our visitors will really enjoy engaging with, and we're proud to be able to offer something so unique within our 'Living Mall'. We believe it's another example of why we are more than a mall, and a must-visit destination for the local community," said Felicity Armstrong, Central Centre Manager.

The 7mm Pitch

The 7mm Pitch refers to the distance between each pixel that forms Central's digital wall and is a curated digital art program commissioned by Central at Central Park. The program is the only one of its kind within a retail space in Australia, and plays host to a diversity of works curated by Ramus, the creators of the wall, in an extension of the design and art program that has been at the core of the unique Central Park development since it was first conceived.

About MIDEA

The Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (MIDEA) trains students to push the boundaries of contemporary design, by combining analytical design thinking, human-computer interaction and emerging technology. The studio-based teaching environment challenges students to critically engage with the human experience of a computer-enhanced world, giving graduates the ability to build creative technology that has the potential to transform and shape our world in the future.


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