flightless enlightenment


Artwork for poetry life as we know it 3: alcione (click image for larger version). Here is a teaser:

You and I, feathered or not,
share an aleatoric connectivity,
a perpendicular logicity.
Our paths have crossed for an unknowable,
yet profoundly geometric, reason,
and though I’ve strived for failure all my life,
I realize now that I’ve failed to achieve it,
and paradoxically succeeded.

the illustrated mind

Flightless enlightenment is a mathematical visualization derived entirely from fifteen minutes of my EEG (T7 and T8 electrodes), with time running left to right. For the first and last five minutes, I was reading (Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage, as it happens), and I was more or less calm/meditative with eyes closed for the central five minutes. The upper and lower halves of the image are the hemispheres.

6 thoughts on “flightless enlightenment

  1. Very interesting how our creative juices are triggered. You were getting an EEG and this was triggered? How cool is that!
    Is it that creative types have never had the true umbilical cord cut? The mind swells with imagery and with words. You have ignited an interest in Pullman, Thank you. I must go back for I feel I may have missed some of your previous poems.

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    • I use EEG in my epilepsy research work, and I decided to extend it to digital art. So for the “illustrated mind” I recorded fifteen minutes of my EEG and processed the data using a technique we developed called frequency-moment signatures, and then ran the result as an image into my visual evolution software. So it’s a bit unusual, if not cool. 🙂

      I do think that childhood has a lot to do with creativity, how our brain, our way of thinking, our memories have developed.

      I wouldn’t particularly recommend Pullman. I did enjoy his famous Northern Lights Trilogy, even though it has a young adult orientation.

      Thank you, Tamaya.


  2. Such a creative way of extending your work. The image was very nice on this one as well. The EEG is it the same method as when they test your heart, except attached to parts of the head? You have a very interesting life Steve haha
    Keep up the creative extensions.

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    • Thanks, Tamaya. With the visual evolution software, I treat the EEG the same as the cloud photographs. I adjust the settings and number of repetitions and so on until I have an image that I find pleasing.

      Yes, very similar to EKG/ECG. There are about thirty electrodes in a clinical environment: both hemispheres and the various regions of the brain. For the epilepsy work there are particular regions that are most suitable, and far fewer electrodes are required. For the artworks I am using just three electrodes, a reference and an electrode behind each ear. Finding the time is always the problem…

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      • this is very interesting work! What does the image look like before you put it through your software?
        It’s like you are able to paint with brainwaves. Are you adjusting the colour as well? Do you think having earphones on and listening to different music will show different brainwaves? Do you remember a couple of years ago Sting volunteered to have an MRI done of his brain and I think he was listening to music at the same time. Or I might not be remembering correctly. Oh, the brain and its complexities it’s so interesting. I look forward to more of your creative adventures.

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        • Thanks, Tamaya. I also find it interesting, who knows where it will go? It’s probably best I don’t say too much about the detail. Yes, color and everything, and it’s more complicated than a single image.

          Different activities, such as listening to certain music, will probably give different results, but it is still a coarse view given the complexity of the human brain. A work in progress … if only I had more time.

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