Polina Zioga Athens School of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Department; National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Nursing

Job Title:

PhD Research Student


School of Simulation and Visualisation



‘Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance Premiered in CCA Glasgow | Thu 30 - Fri 31 July 2015

‘Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance Premiered in CCA Glasgow | Thu 30 - Fri 31 July 2015


Polina Zioga

The use of Brain-Computer Interfaces and application development in real-time audio-visual and mixed-media performances

Supervisors:Dr. Paul Chapman, Prof. Minhua Eunice Ma, Prof. Frank Pollick

The use of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) in performances originates in the 1960s with the work of pioneering artists. However, it is still a rather new and rapidly growing field, since the design and implementation of the specific interfaces presents several difficulties and is dependent on many factors and unknown parameters. Accordingly, the use of BCIs in real-time audio-visual and mixed-media performances involves particular neuroscientific and performative challenges, while the knowledge base of this area has not been developed sufficiently. At the same time, the field is changing and is expected to further develop with the dissemination of the new Electroencephalography-based wireless devices. The present practice-led research involves a comprehensive investigation of contemporary artists and their work, in comparison with the current scientific evidence, which reveals the key aspects, issues, and possible directions for future research. Amongst the objectives is the development and evaluation of a new passive multi-brain Electroencephalography-based BCI system, in the context of a live brain-computer cinema performance, combining ‘live, mediatized representations […] the use of BCIs, and live cinema’ (Zioga et al. 2015).

Polina is a multimedia visual artist, lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and PhD candidate at the Glasgow School of Art, while she participates as affiliate member in international organisations for the visual and new media arts. Her interdisciplinary background has influenced her creative practice and research, awarded with the Global Excellence Initiative Fund PhD Studentship and supported by MyndPlay. In 2014 she won the NEON Organization Grant for Performance Production, while in 2016 she embarked on a new artistic research project in Dundee Contemporary Arts, awarded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities. Her work has been presented since 2004 internationally, in solo and group art exhibitions, art fairs, video-art and film festivals and international peer-reviewed conferences.

More information:

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 Print ISBN: 978-3-319-19125-6 Online ISBN: 978-3-319-19126-3

Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M., and Pollick, F. (2014): A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces. In: INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, 19-23 November 2014, Lisbon, Portugal: 186-196. ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9

Ntampiza, K. and Zioga, P. (2014): The Interconnected Object: Are You at Home in a Network?. In: Proceedings of 1st International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014, 3-4 April 2014, Belgrade, Serbia: 936-943. ISBN 978-86-7924-114-6

2015: ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK.
2014: HOME network: HOME SWEET HOME, Place Sainte Catherine, Brussels, Belgium.
2014: HOME network: Connect and Pray_, AUTH Faculty of Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2012: The Shelter. Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens, Greece.
2008: Pro-Art art gallery, Athens, Greece.