Three Fans, 2012

Three Fans explores the sensation of a prosthetic created to discover the poetic space inhabited by extending human gestures into devices formally, spatially and eventually temporally distinct from the body.  The fan, already well understood as a natural extension of the body for gesture, communication and performance, is here utilized to explore this space.

Electroencephalography (EEG) is used as a control mechanism while listening to Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5.  The brainwaves generated during the symphony are used to activate the three fans, each with slightly different rules governing the gestures of each fan as well as distinct rules for each of the five movements that makes up the symphony.  This session is then played back at roughly one tenth the duration, so that each movement is replayed in a matter of minutes.


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