In 2010 I developed a condition that took away my ability to speak, not being able to make sound and communicate with the outside world was the most isolating and devastating experience, which lead my obsession of researching other forms of communication, other than spoken word.
I have been a professional singer/ songwriter for 20 years, I have also developed and delivered music programs within the community with a focus on using music and creative arts as therapy. Through my research into sound, I have discovered papers and research programs showing scientific evidence of the effects that sound has on our brains, emotions, body and even our cellular structure.
I would describe myself as part of the maker movement. My passion is researching, designing and creating usable items, instruments, systems that can be used within the art sector but will also cross over as a usable design for clinical innovation.
I am starting to look at the effects of frequency on the inside of the body I have come across some fascinating research in how our cells communicate through frequency. Take a look at this paper written by Matthias Shneider, Boston University, Can Cells Signal each other via Sound Waves? This new information has lead me to research EEG systems and brainwave technology. I have a Mind wave by Neurosky and plan to extract the brain sensor and attach to Arduino board to create an interactive headpiece. I first came across this technology at The Gadget Show 2013 they were demonstrating brain-reactive clothing.
Mickey Hart and Dr. Adam Gazzaley have been working with Emotiv please have a look at this lecture
Because my work crosses numerous disciplines like ceramics, casting, sculpting, photography, painting, printing, 3d printing, sound design, 3d CAD design, laser cutting and graphic design, I am undecided as to the best way to present this work, should it be an ephemeral piece which will resonate the ephemeral properties of music itself.
To create an Interactive Neuro Design, BCI (Brain-computer Interface) this is software and hardware that will react and interact in relation to the brain waves. The garment will transmit brainwaves and frequency patterns, transpose data into visuals or audible sound (voice, or musical instrument, notation) This work will be clinical innovation, art installation, sonic art, performance art, and film.
Presentation: yet to be decided.