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    It explores the mythology of mankind’s ever-changing relationship with the moon through installation. The Greek moon goddess Selene falls in love… Read More
    It explores the mythology of mankind’s ever-changing relationship with the moon through installation. The Greek moon goddess Selene falls in love with human Endymion. In order to preserve his beauty, he gives permission to be cast into an eternal sleep by Zeus. In this tale they are connected between dreams and reality. The installation uses a brainwave to generate patterns of moonlight on still water, thus reestablishing our relationship with the moon through thought and generative graphics. Read Less
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Subilminal Reflection
Year: 2013
Location:UK
 
Cooperate with Hiroshi Ito, Jon C Flint and Katsuhiro Ito
 
We are born, live and die beneath the moon. It is as vital to human life as the sun. But with the advance of human society, urbanisation and technological development, we can often forget the power that hovers above us all. From the beginning of human civilisation, the moon has been revered and it has been worshipped, praised and honoured. It marks the passage of time and seasons, the movement of water and blood, it even controls our brains. The world of mythology is rich with stories of the moon and this exhibition take its inspiration from the story of the Greek goddess Selene whose moon chariot passes across our sky.

This exhibition turns our gaze back towards the moon, to reaffirm this ancient connection and reimagines this vision in a modern context using technology and interaction. The installation uses a brainwave scanner to generate patterns of moonlight on a pool of still water, thus reestablishing our relationship with the moon once more through thought and generative graphics. This bridge between subconscious and conscious thought and action reflects our own gaze towards the night sky and the flux of light, darkness and desires that pass between dream and reality.

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Almost Silent (Hiroshi Ito, Jon C Flint, Katsuhiro Ito and Sung Ting Hsieh) are an interactive art collective with backgrounds in interior design, product design and literature. This is their first exhibition as a group, but they have exhibited individually in the past at places such as: Kinetica Art Fair (London), Japanese Junction (Tokyo), Chelsea College of Art and Design as part of the London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and Shoreditch Town Hall. They started the collective to explore the themes and mythology of mankind's ever changing relationship with the moon.

cargocollective.com/almostsilent/

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Technology:
 
The primary item of technology being used in this piece is the headset, which is an electroencephalogram (EEG) that registers neural activity and sends this data to be interpreted into its audio component. This headset is a more convenient form of what can be found in many hospitals and other clinical environments. Brain activity is immensely complex, but the headset detects varying degrees of neural oscillation - what are more commonly called brain waves - in the alpha, beta, gamma, delta and theta frequencies. These are associated with different forms of activity like concentration, relaxation, inhibition, sensation and so forth.
 
This work by Almost Silent is by no means the only one to utilise such technology. It's perhaps not yet old enough to be a tradition, or even yet exactly a discipline, but the possibility of disestablishing the act of creation from routine mental and physical habit and conscious process is obviously something that has fascinated artists for some time. This kind of Brain computer interface offers one means of exploration and we hope that you will take this opportunity to explore this space also, between thought and action, stillness and movement, the moon and the earth.