A Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance is a new type of interactive performative work combining live cinema and the use of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). This research project has enabled so far the simultaneous multi-brain interaction of one performer and two audience members using Electroencephalography (EEG)-based BCIs in the context of live cinema and mixed-media performances.

Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Electroencephalography (EEG), Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), EEG Analysis, EEG Signal Processing, Experimental Neuroscience, MAX/MSP, Interactive Media, Audience Participation, Live Cinema, Mixed-Media, Interactive Storytelling.

Awards & Support
Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2017 (Leonardo, MIT Press)
NEON Organization 2014-2015 Grant for Performance Production

Peer-Reviewed Publications & Conference Presentations
– Zioga, P. (2019) From Neurocinematics to Live Brain-Computer Cinema: Audience Research, Co-Authorship and Film Form. In: ECREA Film Studies Section conference ‘Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities’. Ghent, Belgium, 18-19 October 2019.
– Zioga, P. (2018) Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance
. Leonardo. 51(5): 531. doi: 10.1162/leon_a_01671
– Zioga, P., Pollick, F., Ma, M., Chapman, P. and Stefanov, K. (2018) “Enheduanna—A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement Using Multi-Brain BCI Interaction. Front. Neurosci. 12:191. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00191
– Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2016) Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling: first demonstration of a Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance with multi-brain BCI interaction for one performer and two audience members. Digital Creativity. 28 (2): 103-122. ISSN 1462-6268. doi: 10.1080/14626268.2016.1260593
– Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2015) A Hypothesis of Brain-to-Brain Coupling in Interactive New Media Art and Games Using Brain-Computer Interfaces. In: Göbel, S., Ma, M., Baalsrud Hauge, J., Oliveira, M.F., Wiemeyer, J., Wendel, V. (Eds.) (2015) Serious Games First Joint International Conference, JCSG 2015, Huddersfield, UK, June 3-4, 2015, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, LNCS 9090. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany: 103-113. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-19126-3_9
– Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2014) A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces. In: Sa A., Carvalhais M., McLean A. (Eds.) (2015) Proceedings of ICLI 2014 – INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces, 19-23 November 2014, Lisbon, Portugal. Porto University, CECL & CESEM (NOVA University), MITPL (University of Sussex): 220-230. ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9.

Creative Outputs
– Zioga, P. and Katsinavaki, A. (2015) ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. Polina Zioga. dir. CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK. First Performance: 29 July 2015.

Lectures & Talks
– Zioga, P. (2018) Multi-Brain BCI Interaction for Live Cinema: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement. University of Nottingham, Mixed Reality Lab, 15 June 2018.
– Zioga, P. (2016) Art, Science and The Brain: A Personal Perspective. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Exchange Talks Programme, Fyfe Lecture Theatre, 7 November 2016.
– Zioga, P. (2016) Is It Art or Is It Science? A Journey Inside the Brain. Glasgow School of Art, BA (Hons) Interaction Design, Barnes Building Lecture Theatre, 23 February 2016.
– Zioga, P. (2015) Real-Time Passive Multi-Brain Interaction in “Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. University of Glasgow, School of Psychology, Perception Action Cognition Lab, 13 November 2015.
– Zioga, P. (2014) The use of brain-computer interfaces and application development in real-time audio-visual performances. Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, 10 April 2014.

Press Articles & Interviews
– Zioga, P. (2019) Culture Crossover: Interactive Filmmaking Lab adds immersion to movies. Interview with Polina Zioga. Interviewed by T. Macaulay for TechWorld, 27 September.
– Zioga, P.
and Schwartz, D. (2018) Will mind-controlled films change cinema? Chips with Everything podcast. Interviewed by Jordan Erica Webber and produced by Danielle Stephens for The Guardian, 27 July.
– Zioga, P. (2018) New research shows how brain-computer interaction is changing cinema. The Conversation.

Recent Posts

Music Band Participants Needed!

Every new year brings new beginnings, and at the Interactive Filmmaking Lab we are very excited to launch our new project and call for participants!

Are you an indie rock or alternative music band, aged 18+?
Are you close to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire?
Would you like your band to be featured in a new Virtual Reality music video?
If yes, then we would like to hear from you!

Music Band Participants Needed!The study involves:

  • Performing your original music in line with a script and directing guidance, while being video-recorded and photographed. This will take place in the course of one or two days.
  • Providing your feedback on the experience, by giving an interview that will be video-recorded on another day.

Through our study, we will look at the use of interactive technologies for the production of music videos. Our aim is to find out what are the technological and creative opportunities and challenges. The project will be carried out by the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, a research group based at the School of Computing and Digital Technologies of Staffordshire University.

If you are interested, please contact us here:
Dr Polina Zioga |

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