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

New GTA-PhD Scholarship!

Project: Interaction Design and Storytelling for Interactive Films with Group Audience Participation
Supervisor: Dr. Polina Zioga, Lecturer in Film Production & Director of Interactive Filmmaking Lab
Location: School of Computing & Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Tenure: Fixed term for 3 years from October 2019 to September 2022
Reference: CDT19-GTAPHD02
Application deadline: 20 August 2019

full PhD scholarship is available in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies of Staffordshire University for the project ‘Interaction Design and Storytelling for Interactive Films with Group Audience Participation. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of £15,009 with PhD tuition fees waived for three years and will be expected to take up to 250 hours of teaching or teachingrelated activities per academic year. The post is located on the Stoke-On-Trent campus. 

The project titled Interaction Design and Storytelling for Interactive Films with Group Audience Participation combines practice-based experimentation and theoretical exploration. The main objective of the research is to investigate and develop in practice a new approach to creating in parallel the interaction design and storytelling of interactive films that involve group audience participation in different settings, from the cinema theatre to online live streaming. It will also examine the affordances and challenges of the audience group dynamics and how these can be factored in the creative and technological processes of the interaction design and storytelling.  

It will be homed at the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, a research group dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the expanding area of interactive filmmaking and related media. The lab brings together work in creativity and cognitive sciences, with the use of innovative interactive technologies. This involves applied and creative projects in collaboration with industrial partners, exploratory and basic research, and exploration of new theoretical underpinnings that are currently shaping the discourse of the field. 

The project will be primarily supervised by Dr Polina Zioga, Lecturer in Film Production & Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab. The PhD researcher will be further supported through a range of training and other opportunities provided by the Staffordshire University Graduate School.

Full detailsincluding entry requirements and how to apply can be found on:
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Polina Zioga at

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