Brainloop is an interactive performance platform that utilizes a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) system which allows a subject to operate devices merely by imagining specific motor commands. These mentally visualized commands may be seen as the rehearsal of a motor act without the overt motor output; a neural synapse occurs but the actual movement is blocked at the corticospinal level. Motor imagery such as "move left hand", "move right hand" or "move feet" become non-muscular communication and control signals that convey messages and commands to the external world. In Brainloop the performer is able - without physically moving - to investigate urban areas and rural landscapes as he globe-trots around virtual Google Earth. Through motor imagery, he selects locations, camera angles and positions and records these image sequences in a virtual world. In the second half of the performance, he plays back the sequence and uses Brainloop to compose a custom soundtrack by selecting, manipulating and re-locating audio recordings in real time into the physical space.

This work results from a multi-year collaboration between Slovenian media artists and Austrian scientists. Its author is the Slovenian media artist Janez Janša. Responsible for the BCI application is Reinhold Scherer from the BCI-Lab of the TUG. Brainloop has been awarded with the ARCO/BEEP Electronic Art Prize (category Off-ARCO) at ARCO 07, Madrid, Spain.


Sept 13 - 16, 2007, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

"The Self-Paced Graz Brain-Computer Interface: Methods and Applications" [ENG]
Reinhold Scherer, Alois Schloegl, Felix Lee, Horst Bischof, Janez Janša and Gert Pfurtscheller
Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, vol. 2007
Article ID 79826, 9 pages, 2007. doi:10.1155/2007/79826
Hindawi Publishing Corporation


author: Janez Janša | programmer: Suncica Hermansson | PD programmer: Seppo Gründler | sound designers: Brane Zorman, Seppo Gründler | BCI performer: Markus Rapp | BCI supervisor: Reinhold Scherer

  Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana
Executive producer: Marcela Okretic