Usually when you watch a film, you sit back in your chair, eyes trained on a screen, as the story unfolds," write Rachel Metz. "It's a lot different when you watch one of Richard Ramchurn's latest films.
Ramchurn, she explains, "has spent the last several years creating films that you can control with your mind—simply by putting on a $100 headset that detects electrical activity in your brain. With this EEG headset on, scenes, music, and animation change every time you watch it, depending on the meanderings of your mind." To read the full article, click here.
"The EEG headset measures the amount of electrical activity within a frequency range believed to correspond with attentiveness and sends the readings to a nearby laptop," Aaron Brown reports. "Software uses these signals to alter the length of scenes, the type of background music, and more, all in an effort to keep you entertained." To read the full article, click here.
"I have been learning all I can about BCI (Brain Computer Interface) and interactive narrative, and how people interact with brain-controlled film," Ramchurn explains.
"The Moment," he continues, "is an interactive film which uses a Brain Computer Interface to collect attention data from the viewer and recombine into a real-time narrative. Each time the film is watched the rhythms of the viewer's brain data creates a new narrative combination, in total there are 101 trillion possible combinations."
The film, he continues, is set in the near future during a war on consciousness, it asks how we can rebel against surveillance capitalism when our thoughts are monitored.
"It's inspired by current moves by tech giants such as Google and Elon Musk who believe that for humanity to survive the coming of age of artificial intelligence people will have to augment their minds with neural implants. And asks what happens to the people that don’t fit into this brave new world."