Psychic Shelter

May 20 2013 @ 10:25am

Cerebral Hut is an installation at the Istanbul Museum of Art that claims to interact with visitors’ brain waves:

The Turkish architecture firm Ozel Office “hacked” a commercially available headset that measures brain waves and blink rates, and wrote a program that connects that data to a hut made from kinetic building materials. The more a visitor to the installation concentrates, the more the hut pulses and contorts. The result, according to the creators, is the first “moving architecture that directly responds to human thought.” They also note that Cerebral Hut has the quality of a video game environment, which raises the fun possibility of using side-by-side cerebral huts to conduct staring competitions (whoever’s hut bends farthest and longest wins) or engage in concentration art displays, where judges assess the concentration patterns that produce the most interesting architectural changes.

Recent Dish on rethinking architecture here and here.