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The BioSensor Projects @art.body.technology – A Lecture by Lynn Lukkas

Lynn Lukkas is a professor of Art at the University of Minnesota and a convening member of the Art as Knowing Collaborative.  From 2002 to 2007, Professor Lucas has worked on a series of five perfomance works based around BioSensor projects.

Respirae Performance I (2003) was a live bio-sensor controlled performance work by Lynn Lukkas with programming assistance by Mark Henrickson. As the the performer, Lukkas’ heart beat words identifying emotional states were triggered from a database and projected onto two large video screens situated stage left and stage right. The third screen behind her contained the above image of a flock of birds. As the words were projected Lukkas spoke them then wrote them on pieces of paper and stuffed the paper into her mouth until she could no loger speak. Consuming the language of emotional experience.

Blind City (2004) was an interactive new media performance work based on the novel, Blindness, by Jose Saramago. Integrating an original opera score for female voice and electronic music, performance, video, dance and interactive technologies this work narrated the story of a woman who gradually goes blind, drawing parallels between physical and cultural blindness.  The work was a collaboration between Johannes Berringer, Theater; Paulo Chagas, Music Composition and Lynn Lukkas, video with Angeles and Carrie Shaw in lead roles.

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