NUE [누에: Silkworm in Korean] is an installation and real-time sound performance generated by brainwave data. The inspiration of the work came from the silkworm’s life cycle and its metamorphosis. Park, wearing a 150 meter (490 feet) white dress, transforms the physical space of 4DSOUND (12m x 20m x 5m sound structure) into a cocoon.
A custom-built mobile application receives brainwave data (Concentration, Mellow, Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma) from the Muse EEG headset via Bluetooth and sends OSC data messages to the 4DSOUND system. Driven by the artist’s brainwave data, a soundscape unfolds that encompasses the audience in the cocoon’s unraveling white fabric. Based on the artist’s current state during the performance–whether she is focused, distracted, or meditative–the sonic textures either melt together or fall apart.

NUE was created with 4DSOUND team as part of the artist-in-residence program. The performance was premiered in Hague, The Netherlands for TodaysArt Festival 2015.

Year: 2015
Dimension: 40ft x 65ft x 16ft (4DSOUND), 500ft custom white dress
Medium: Muse brainwave headset, custom-build mobile iOS App, Ubisense movement tracking sensor, Computer (MaxMSP, Albeton), 4DSOUND system (black columns, grid, 48 omnidirectional speakers, 9 subs)

Sound Designed by: Salvador Breed & Stijn Van Beek (4DSOUND)
Lead Creative Technologist: Jihyun Lee
Photos by: Georg Schroll and Jan Rijk