La Trobe University is proud to be the official Learning Partner of the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) summer exhibition, Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei. Like the NGV we believe that the arts are the perfect platform for exploring social, cultural and political themes.
Explore how your brain sees art with our pop-up interactive Thoughtography installation.
While you look at a curated selection of images from the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition, we'll measure your brainwaves and create thoughtographs. The result is a unique depiction of how your mind responded to the different artworks.
Create your free thoughtograph on Friday Nights at NGV between now and April 22.
A guide to your thoughtograph
You'll look at the thoughtography display to the exclusion of all else, while wearing a dry electrode electroencephalogram (EEG) headset. You'll also wear noise cancelling headphones, which – unless the stimulus requires otherwise – are filled with a soft white noise.
The EEG headset will measure the electrical impulses coming mostly from your frontal lobe; the part of the brain most associated with reasoning and abstract thought. An algorithm is then used to create a unique thoughtograph.
The thoughtograph is a unique indication of how your mind reacted to the different pieces of art. Each coloured line reflects a different piece of art and what your brain was doing as you viewed the artwork. For example, if your brain was interested and thinking hard, then the lines will be thicker and wigglier. If you were disengaged or disinterested; then the line is smoother and thinner. The other lines relate to all your other brainwaves.
View the thoughtograph gallery to compare your responses.
Indulge your curiosity
The Thoughtography installation draws on science and technology to explore psychological responses to art.
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