'Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling' Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance >

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Polina Zioga and the School of Simulation and Visualisation of the Glasgow School of Art presents 'Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling', a new innovative brain-computer audience interactive performance with actress Anastasia Katsinavaki and composer Minas Borboudakis. The world premier took place at the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, July 30th to 31st.

The international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

The project has been realised in the GSA Digital Design Studio, in collaboration with the School of Psychology of the University of Glasgow, the School of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Huddersfield, and with the support of the NEON OrganizationCCAMyndPlay and the GSA Students’ Association.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English subtitles.

Find out more at Polina's own website.

DDS Enheduanna 9Credits:

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