Faculty Member Demonstrates New Art Form at Kennedy Center

Posted: August 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Paras Kaul, adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Visual Technology and coordinator of electronic publications for University Relations, presents a brainwave interactive performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage tonight at 6 p.m. Kaul, a self-described “neural artist,” uses a brainwave interface to channel her emotional activity to provide and control the music within her performance. By tracing her live brainwave frequencies and sending them wirelessly to nearby computers, which interpret the data into music, Kaul is developing a new art form that blurs the line between an artist’s idea and the interface between artist and audience.

“Some people use paint brushes. Some people use instruments. Some people use wood, or stone, or water. Paras is an artist who uses her mind directly to express her art to others,” says Drew DeVito, executive vice president of IBVA Technologies, Inc., the company that provides the brainwave interface Kaul uses in her performances.

Tonight’s performance includes Alison Krayer, University Relations photographer and percussionist with the band The Ordinary Way, accompanying a recording of Kaul’s music, Streaming Consciousness. Kaul’s music also is featured in a performance on Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The concerts are part of Sonic Circuits, a festival of electronic music presented by the American Composers Forum, and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jessica Krash.

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