Local Minima dates announced


- An interdisciplinary journey in and around Stockholm/Huddinge on May 20, 2017.

This is a unique invitation to a magical and rare event. You are welcome to join an international group of artists and researchers as they explore the mathematical and psychological concept of Local Minima. The exploration takes the shape of a bus tour through off-sites of Flemingsberg and Huddinge, south of Stockholm. It is part research, part game, part performance that will take you to unfamiliar locations and to discover unknown places.

Local Minima includes contributions by Predrag Petrovic,  Alicja Rogalska, Fabien Guillermont, Per Huttner, Mounira al Solh and more to be announced. The participants will meet you when you arrive at the journey’s destination and you will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with them and your fellow travellers.

When: 20 May; 13.00-18.00 (approximate times)
Where: Pick up and drop off in central Stockholm . The  tour will go to Flemingsberg and to Fullersta Gård in central Huddinge (Fullersta Gårdsväg 18). Details TBA.
How: Everyone is invited to join and it is free of charge. Further details will be announced. You can book your seat on the bus or ask questions by contacting Susanne Ewerlöf at Fullersta Gård: susanne.ewerlof (at) gmail.com

The project is a collaboration with Karolinska institutet, Fullersta Gård and supported by Kulturbryggan.


RtDB at Stockoholms University

Vision Forum is proud to announce Riding the Donkey Backward‘s participation in Global Media Café: A Second Home: Mediating Borders and Hospitality – A symposium bringing together academic and artistic perspectives on refugees, migration and citizenship’ The event, which includes four sessions and round-table discussions, starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:30 pm, followed by a mingle.

The event is hosted by The Department of Media Studies, and funded by the Leading Research Environment: Global Media Studies and the Politics of Mediated Communication.

Fataneh Farahadi, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Christian Christensen, Rebecca Bengtsson, Anna Roosvall, Tomáš Rafa, Florencia Enghel, Temi Odumosu, Erik Berggren, Kosta Ekonomou, Sebastian Dahlqvist and UNICORN, Abir Boukhari, Macarena Dusant, Jon Brunberg, Anusha Caroline Andersson Aca, Per Hüttner and Jasper de Rycker and other artists.

The event is free of charge and open for students and the general public. More info here and here.


EEGsynth and Brain Control Club at ICM in Paris


Stephen Whitmarsh will make a demonstration of the EEGsynth and present the work with the Brain Control Club for the National research and development group toward Brain–Computer Interfacing Kick-off meeting of the CORTICO association on Tuesday, january 24. The ICM Auditorium (ICM – Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière; 47, bd de l’hôpital, 75013 PARIS – France). The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. There will be presentations on 17 other BCI (Brain computer interface) projects.


New Collaborations in Paris


After the successful launch of the Brain Control Club in October, Curatorial Mutiny and its partners now develop a collaboration with École Normale Superieur in Paris. We have started recording Per Huttner’s brainwaves under hypnosis together with hypnotist and neuroscientist Hernan Anllo. The signals will first be treated by his colleague Stephen Whitmarsh using the EEGsynth and they will be used as a starting point for a musical composition by Jean-Louis Huhta. This recording will be the A-side of a 7″ single that 1+1=3 will release in 2017. For the B-side, Huttner will listen to the recording, again under hypnosis, this second recording will be treated by Whitmarsh and they will be used for a second musical composition by Huhta.


Riding the Donkey Backwards (RtDB) event at Fullersta Gård


Curatorial Mutiny is proud to announce a Riding the Donkey Backwards (RtDB) event at Fullersta Gård in Stockholm November 12 at 4pm. Free entrance.

In a world where the difference between the rich and the poor, the beautiful and the ugly, the old and the young is getting increasingly bigger; some things remain constant. The ground beneath our feet, the sky above our heads, our mortality and our ability to laugh at it all.

The members of Riding the Donkey Backwards know less about the sky and the ground and than your average weather man and your favourite pin-up geologist, still they share a passion for our collective ability to laugh at our own suffering and they work hard at getting an unofficial PhD in this oldest, most enjoyable and least academically appreciated science – that of laughing together.

At Fullersta Gård the group will present some of the outcomes of the their laughable science. To prove their ignorance about the true nature of state of affairs, they will also offer a workshop for free that intelligent people pay good money to attend. Not only that, but these half-wits assure you that your needs will be met (whatever these might be?). So prove that there is a cheap-skate in your soul and come join us for some laughter that you will choke on.

Come and meet the traumatized and potentially funny from Sweden, Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria who hold passports from such unlikely places as Belgium. Hear about some of the intelligent people that they have met along their travels. Experience how, in spite of these peoples’ intellectual capabilities, our friends were still able to pass border after border.

The presentations are held in broken English and pigeon English. (We can there not guarantee that language teachers’ needs are met.)

Participants: Morteza Azizi, Dee Doaa Helmi, Dolphins Inc. Fabien Guillermont and many more.

The project is supported by the City of Stockholm.

“What is Habit?” returns to Stockholm October 21-23


Most of us will agree that some habits are productive while others can be detrimental to our well-being in a longer perspective. So what are habits?  Why do  different disciplines have such different outlooks on what habits are? During the meeting, the group continues reflect on human habits and how they are seen in art, law and neuroscience.
- Are habits useful for artists? Or is it habit breaking that constitutes creativity?
- The law stipulates that we are equal in its eyes – but is it really true that a person’s character, habits and social statue does not influence the outcome of a trial? Can we make a distinction between character and habits?
- Neuroscience means that the brain’s established neural pathways create habit. At the same time psychology suggests that certain substances in the brain controls addiction and other negative behaviours. But in the end no one knows for certainty how our habits are created and maintained.

How can dialogues between neuroscience, psychiatry, art and law together create a better understanding of human habits? Vision Forum and Curatorial Mutiny bring together practitioners from Sweden, France and Poland together to discuss these issues in Stckholm October 21-23.

The goal of the meeting is to develop the work with publication and to develop a concept for a performative walk for Huddinge in spring 2017.

Participants: Mounira al Solh, Susanne Ewerlöf, Fabien Guillermont, Per Huttner, Predrag Petrovic, Alicja Rogolska and with advice from Johan Carlsson.

The project is created in dialogue with Fullersta Gård and supported by Kulturbryggan.


The Sound of Brainwaves – A presentation of the EEGsynth


EMS, Stockholm, October 7 at 6pm

Over the last two years, Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Hüttner and Stephen Whitmarsh (collectively : 1+1=3) have been researching the parallels between brain analysis and sound synthesis, as well as the potential of brain-controlled synthesizers in music and artistic performance. They developed their own real-time brain-controlled synthesizer they call the EEGsynth. The project remains completely open-source, which means that anyone interested in exploring the relationship between the brain and sound performance can use it and contribute to its development.

The idea of controlling music or musical equipment using EEG is certainly not new and has been around since the 60s. However, science and technology have advanced greatly since then, allowing a much broader participation in experimentation with brain measurements and sound synthesis. What is possible now? What could the future offer in this exciting field?

At EMS you will find out more about ideas and technology in the field. You will hear about how 1+1=3, in their next project will draw inspiration from Iannis Xenakis, who radically challenged ideas about music by letting his compositions be controlled according to the rules of stochastics (degrees of randomness). With the emerging possibilities of neuroscience controlling sound and composition, Xenakis ideas will be rediscovered in a new and stimulating manner. With the EEGsynth project the developers invite you to explore these questions and also to connect, to experiment, to learn, and to collectively push the boundaries of what is possible.

On October 7, you are invited you to a unique opportunity to hear about how the EEGsynth has been developed, how it works, and how you can become part of its future development. Jean-Louis, Per and Stephen will present their experiences of working around the globe (Brazil, the US, France, Germany and Greece) and will give a live demonstration.
Let’s explore the future of music together!

1+1=3 and the EEGsynth is supported by Innovativ kultur, Statens kulturråd, Konstnärsnämnden and Stockholm stad.