2MH is a participatory and time based installation where multiple people can try to destroy a physical entity by their thoughts. The time I provide them is exactly 2 minutes just as the “Two minute hate” in Orwell’s 1984.
Tools // Muse EEG, MuseLab, Terminal, Arduino, Processing
Within this time frame they have the opportunity to focus on destroying a castle cube made by sugar cubes. If they concentrate hard enough it means a motor arm will take action and start whipping black oil paint on the cube. I decided to use this material because its also nice visually if one person is doing it but by the end of the Winter Show I hope more people will destroy the cube entirely.
The intention with 2MH is to give an audience the opportunity to try out the brainwave sensor and also the joy of being destructive as a child. Just as when you demolish a sand castle which somebody else have built up carefully. We all know that feeling. It is childish, selfish, dark but on the other hand also very ecstatic.
"I hope they will understand that these sensors are actually getting more and more accurate and they really give a raw data straight from your brain which other people can interpret. I also want them to stay focused in a cruel way and after trying the installation out feel a bit ashamed and guilty."
The cube itself will symbolise power. I decided not to give it a real form but just a general image which everyone can interpret as they wish for. The paint has to be oily and not only water based otherwise it collapses too early.
Introduction to Physical Computing, ICM, Mindfulness and Transformative Technologies, Digital Self-Defense