You and I, You and Me
Together with Mindaugas Gapševičius
The project You and I, You and Me explores the impact of the environment through electricity. How far could electricity help in understanding the other? Is there a possibility to alter human senses by electric impulses?
Could the electricity being viewed as the universal language that all beings and their environments can speak and understand? During the participatory events that take place as a part of the exhibition, the audience is invited to experience the environment, including other humans, by wearing jewelry, shoes, and headwear.
The project was inspired by research on brain-to-brain interfaces, including the study “A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information” by Miguel Pais-Vieira et al. Aesthetically, the project refers to traditional headwear and the role of headwear in signaling human identity to others.
The headwear uses medical strategies based on brain cell communication: the electrical impulses are detected while using electroencephalography (EEG), and brain stimulation is triggered by passing DC current through electrodes (tDCS), a noninvasive method to treat depressive disorder, increase empathic abilities, or decrease antisocial behavior in violent offenders.
Photography by Bon Alog.
In collaboration with: Leon Crayfish (shoe design) and Helga Mogensen (jewellery)
Contributors: Ian Erik Stewart (neuroscience consultant), Mantas Mizgiris and Simona Nakrošiūtė (jewellery), Mindaugas Miselis and Alexander Selifonov (electronics), Bon Alog (photography and video), Antanas Skučas (programing), Antanas Gerlikas (installation), Živilė Etevičiūtė, Tadas Šarūnas, and Johanna Glaza (models), Jonas Balsevičius, Marijonas Račkauskas, Karolina Valentaitė, Roberta Alksnytė, Gabija Augustinavičiūtė, Eglė Skinderytė, Kamilė Laurinavičiūtė, Grėtė Ona Tvarkūnaitė, Vilma Suchockienė, Solveiga Stankevičiūtė, Ona Ringaitytė.
Installation shots from Saphieha Palace (Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre), during Baltic Triennial 14, Vilnius, Lithuania. Photography by Jonas Balsevičius.
Participatory event at Saphieha Palace (Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre), during Baltic Triennial 14, Vilnius, Lithuania. Photography by Arūnas Baltėnas.
Installation shots from the exhibition at BIORAMA-Projekt, Joachimsthal, Germany.
Photo by Maria Safronova Wahlström.