In conjunction with the innovative Mind in Vitro - Computing with Living Neurons group at UIUC, David Rosenboom and Mattia Gazzola will lead a real-time brainstorming workshop and demonstration to envision a potential longer-term collaboration in neuromusic cybernetics. The workshop will examine possibilities of directly linking the electrical activity sensed in living neuron cultures with a computer music instrument that, in turn, may generate acoustic vibration stimuli for the neurons to react to, creating a new kind of performative biofeedback system. Speculations on how a biosemiotics approach might be helpful in interpreting both the behaviors of neuron cultures and musical results may be explored, along with a quick survey of historical work in biofeedback and the arts leading up to this new possibility. Interactive discussion with colleagues and attendees will be welcome.
David Rosenboom (George A. Miller Visiting Professor), Kevin Hamilton (Professor of New Media, School of Art and Design; Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts), Mattia Gazzola (Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering; Co-director of Mind in Vitro), and other members of the Mind in Vitro group.