Published: Apr 15th, 2016
So I spent a month in New York over Christmas, working with my long time collaborator Baba Israel partly completing The Spinning Wheel theatre show which will be touring the UK in June and also creating an installation at BRIC in Brooklyn.
The installation was a continuation of the #Scanners project, my artistic exploration of brain computer interfaces. A recreation of New York counter culture icon steve ben israel’s den, a space where he used to hold court, entertain and open peoples’ minds. I designed a piece of interactive art that attempted to elicit a meditative brain state. steve ben said that he was trying to raise peoples’ consciousness I took that as my cue for the motivation for the interaction. Ive been working with the steve ben’s archive since 2014 and it was great to pull out some of the gems in there, his appearance on public access TV, his performance of ‘Attica’ and his recording of his song ‘You’ve gotta get your self a third eye’ are personal highlights for me.
The installation ran for 20 days in January and was part of the The Spinning Wheel Festival.