Live Brain-Computer Cinema


A Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance is a new type of interactive performative work combining live cinema and the use of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). The project has led to the development of a new system, which has enabled so far the simultaneous multi-brain interaction of one performer and two audience members using Electroencephalography (EEG)-based BCIs in the context of live cinema and mixed-media performances. It was implemented for the first time in ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance, which was also a neuroscience experiment in a real-life environment with the presence of public audience.

Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Electroencephalography (EEG), Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), EEG Analysis, EEG Signal Processing, Experimental Neuroscience, MAX/MSP, Interactive Media, Audience Participation, Live Cinema, Mixed-Media, Interactive Storytelling.

Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2017 (Leonardo, MIT Press).
NEON Organization 2014-2015 Grant for Performance Production.

Zioga, P. and Katsinavaki, A. (2015) ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. Polina Zioga. dir. CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK. First Performance: 29 July 2015.

Zioga, P. (2019) From Neurocinematics to Live Brain-Computer Cinema: Audience Research, Co-Authorship and Film Form. In: ECREA Film Studies Section conference ‘Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities’. Ghent, Belgium, 18-19 October 2019.
Zioga, P. (2018) Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. Leonardo. 51(5): 531. doi: 10.1162/leon_a_01671
Zioga, P., Pollick, F., Ma, M., Chapman, P. and Stefanov, K. (2018) “Enheduanna—A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement Using Multi-Brain BCI Interaction. Front. Neurosci. 12:191. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00191
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2016) Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling: first demonstration of a Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance with multi-brain BCI interaction for one performer and two audience members. Digital Creativity. 28 (2): 103-122. ISSN 1462-6268. doi: 10.1080/14626268.2016.1260593
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2015) A Hypothesis of Brain-to-Brain Coupling in Interactive New Media Art and Games Using Brain-Computer Interfaces. In: Göbel, S., Ma, M., Baalsrud Hauge, J., Oliveira, M.F., Wiemeyer, J., Wendel, V. (Eds.) (2015) Serious Games First Joint International Conference, JCSG 2015, Huddersfield, UK, June 3-4, 2015, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, LNCS 9090. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany: 103-113. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-19126-3_9
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2014) A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces. In: Sa A., Carvalhais M., McLean A. (Eds.) (2015) Proceedings of ICLI 2014 – INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces, 19-23 November 2014, Lisbon, Portugal. Porto University, CECL & CESEM (NOVA University), MITPL (University of Sussex): 220-230. ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9.

Zioga, P. (2022) Digital Art and Neurosciences. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Contemporary Space Athens, 20 May 2022.
Zioga, P. (2018) Multi-Brain BCI Interaction for Live Cinema: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement. University of Nottingham, Mixed Reality Lab, 15 June 2018.
Zioga, P. (2016) Art, Science and The Brain: A Personal Perspective. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Exchange Talks Programme, Fyfe Lecture Theatre, 7 November 2016.
Zioga, P. (2016) Is It Art or Is It Science? A Journey Inside the Brain. Glasgow School of Art, BA (Hons) Interaction Design, Barnes Building Lecture Theatre, 23 February 2016.
Zioga, P. (2015) Real-Time Passive Multi-Brain Interaction in “Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. University of Glasgow, School of Psychology, Perception Action Cognition Lab, 13 November 2015.
Zioga, P. (2014) The use of brain-computer interfaces and application development in real-time audio-visual performances. Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, 10 April 2014.

–Lawrence, L. (2022) Was Enheduanna the World’s First Author?. Interview with Polina Zioga. Interviewed by L. Lawrence for AramcoWorld, March / April.
Zioga, P. (2019) Culture Crossover: Interactive Filmmaking Lab adds immersion to movies.Interview with Polina Zioga. Interviewed by T. Macaulay for TechWorld, 27 September.
Zioga, P. and Schwartz, D. (2018) Will mind-controlled films change cinema? Chips with Everything podcast. Interviewed by Jordan Erica Webber and produced by Danielle Stephens for The Guardian, 27 July.
Zioga, P. (2018) New research shows how brain-computer interaction is changing cinema. The Conversation.

Polina Zioga Production | Directing | Brain-Computer Interface | Live Visuals
Anastasia Katsinavaki Texts | Theatrical Performance
Minas Borboudakis Music Composition | Sound Design | Live Electronics
Eleni Onasoglou Direction of Photography
Alexander Horowitz Max MSP Jitter Programming
Ines Bento Coelho Choreography
Bruce Robertson Software Engineering
Ioli Michalopoulou Costumes Design & Creation
Hanan Makki Graphic Design
Jack McCombe Video Documentation
Catherine M. Weir Photo Documentation
Alison Ballantine Finance Management
Brian McGeough Business Development Management
Jessica Evelyn Argo Brain-Computer Interface Technical Assistance
Alexandra Gabrielle Video Documentation
Shannon Bolen Sound Recording
Dr Paul Chapman Research Supervision
Prof. Minhua Eunice Ma Research Supervision
Prof. Frank Pollick Research Supervision