Workshop /
Performance and Art as Cyber-Interoceptive Interfaces

with Mark-David Hosale and Alan J. Macy

June 10th and 11th from 10h - 18h

at the Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí, Comerç, 36, Barcelona

FREE! - as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2022

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Theme: Interactive Performance, Biophysical Sensing, Emotional Affect Assessment, Data Visualization, Sonification

This workshop incorporates bioinformatic measurement technology to explore new modes of artistic expression that directly incorporate the senses as part of the medium of the work. The focus of this endeavour involves the tracking of a participant’s emotive inclination for use as an interactive modality in performance and computational art. 

Emotional state data is gathered from a biosensing acquisition system and analyzed using custom software and hardware tools built on poplar platforms such as, Arduino, Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Ableton Live, TouchDesigner, and Processing. Physiological measures, such as Electrocardiography (ECG, heart rate), Electrodermal Activity (EDA), Electromyography (EMG, muscle), Electroencephalography (EEG, brain waves), Electrooculography (EOG, eye movement), and Respiratory effort (RSP, breathing) can be read. The tools explored provide the ability to control the presentation of audio-visual and haptic stimuli and monitor the physical reaction as nuanced by emotional state, blurring the line between auditory and visual virtual content and physical experience.

The workshop provides participants with a hands-on experience with our tools and methodologies that allow participants to explore several layers of activity within this work including: 

1)The connection between the individual and physiological data, to see if it is possible to discover awareness with the systems of the body that are normally consciously ignored.

2)The connection made between two people, to see if there is a way that one can influence the embodiment of the other, and if the experience of embodiment can be shared. 

3)The psychosocial potential of the combining of embodiment and physiological data by looking at how this technology could be used to explore group experiences, and the ability of a performer to affect the audience. 

4)The role of affect and the environment, and how the participant or performer can have a biofeedback relationship with the audience and environment of an installation or performance.


Mark-David Hosale ( is a computational artist and composer. He is an Associate Professor in Computational Arts at York University in Toronto. Mark-David’s work explores the boundaries between the virtual and the physical world. His practice is varied, spanning from performance (music and theatre) to public and gallery-based art. His interdisciplinary practice is often built on collaborations with architects, scientists, and other artists. Prominent ongoing art-science collaborations exist with the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory; and in Performance, Art and Cyber-Interoceptive Systems (PACIS).

Alan Macy ( is currently the R&D Director and a cofounder of Biopac Systems, a biomedical company. Macy is also the founder of the Santa Barbara Center of Art, Science and Technology (, a live/work residency and arts laboratory. Macy designs data collection and analysis systems, used by life science researchers, that help identify the meaning of signals produced by life processes. He has 35+ years of product development experience in human physiological monitoring. His recent research efforts explore ideas of human nervous system extension and the associated influences upon perception. As an applied science artist, he specializes in the creation of cybernated art, interactive sculpture and environments.

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