Roel Heremans – The NeuroRight Arcades
Hours and dates
- From Oct 27 to Oct 30 from 10:00 to 18:00
Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with ethical videogames, composed introspection & neurofeedback.
In most of his works he composes fragments of audio that trigger the imagination of visitors in order to create immersive group experiences. As a result, the visitors simultaneously become actors, witnesses, performers and reenactors of mental and physical processes of thought and movement, where collective performances encounter individual reactions and vice versa.
By activating people in this way, Heremans generates a simulation of the contemporary world, one in which every individual is part of their own self-mirroring bubble, one in which the visitor, with their experience, remains the artist’s only metaphorical canvas. His varied practice, all deriving from these immersive group experiences, also includes video and works on paper.
KIKK in townThe NeuroRight Arcades
Neuro-wearables and BCIs (Brain-Computer-Interfaces) are already here, and soon they will be everywhere.
As innovation is moving faster than the social and ethical frameworks around it, researchers at Columbia University have developed 5 NeuroRights:
Mental Privacy, Personal Identity, Free Will, Equal Access to Mental Augmentation and Protection Against Algorithmic Bias.
The NeuroRights Initiative has proposed a kind of Hippocratic Oath, similar to that taken by doctors around the world in their commitment to protect their patients, but applied to companies.
The aim is to secure a commitment to ensure that digital advances do not interfere with neurorights and this has focused on the acceptance of such an oath by the world’s leading technology companies.
Inspired by and based on these NeuroRights, Roel Heremans and his team are designing a series of 5 interactive installations to make each NeuroRight tangible for participants.
They want participants to explore unasked questions about the future of our NeuroRights in a world where BCIs are ubiquitous.
Wearing a real-time BCI headphone in front of a custom made Arcade Machine, participants will be guided through an aesthetic experience where their mental state is transparent and malleable.
With this, the team hopes to evoke a visceral reaction so participants feel the need for NeuroRights on a personal level.