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
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. 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

We are celebrating – Happy Birthday 🎂 & Happy Holidays 🎄!

This December the Interactive Filmmaking Lab became 1 year old and what a year that was!

We have welcomed five new members with our expertise now expanded to include 360o, Virtual Reality (VR) and HTML-based interactive filmmaking, Motion Capture, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), Expanded and Live Cinema, and Neurocinematics.

Our research was published in Leonardo and in Frontiers in Neuroscience; was featured in The Conversation and The Guardian technology podcast; and was presented at the Mixed Reality Laboratory of the University of Nottingham as well as art exhibitions/events.

Last but not least, we are already preparing two new interactive productions, to be released in your screens and headsets in 2019!

Stay tuned and may you all have a Wonderful Festive Period and a Bright New Year!

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