A Q&A and screening of Richard Ramchurn’s near future brain controlled film, exploring our cognitive future with biological technology.
Cognitive Sensations is excited to announce our closing event for The Downloadable Brain, previewing a live performance of The MOMENT — a brain controlled film by artist and researcher Richard Ramchurn. Audiences will learn how different states of the mind can be manipulated and immersed through connection with technology, unveiled through a Q&A between Ramchurn and historian of science Flora Lysen.
As a filmmaker, Ramchurn is fascinated by the physiological relationship between a viewer and the construction of a film. By applying experimental editing approaches with EEG technologies, he connects viewer and film via a direct neural feedback loop, exploring the influence of new media on one’s cognition and perception.
Ramchurn’s near-future sci-fi film depicts a perfect distributed network, connecting the minds of society through neural lace technology. It questions what would happen if a person was to become cognitively disconnected, a node broken free, rejected from the societal network.
The film will be accompanied by musicians Scrubber Fox and Hallvarður Ásgeirsson who will be performing together live from Manchester and Iceland.
This artwork offers a thoughtful and immersive pathway into the themes behind The Downloadable Brain. It embodies the cognitive connection between man and machine through its techno-bio construction, taking this one step further through its narrative which centralises these technologies socially.
7:30pm – Introduction
7:40pm – The MOMENT – Performance A
8:10pm – Q&A exploring neurocinematics, surveillance and psychological experience.
8:30pm – The MOMENT – Performance B
9pm – Q&A reflecting upon sci-fi narratives, speculative fiction and art as a critical method of societal technological tools.