Between Neuro-potentials and Aesthetic Perception. Pingo Ergo Sum

  • Adi HoesleEmail author
Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 12)


Brain–computer interfaces (BCIs) have found an application in the arts as well. In this chapter an artist describes his experiences with Brain Painting and displays his personal thoughts on this new form of artistic performance. In addition, several further BCI applications in the field of creative expression, as for instance drawing, sculpturing, and even dancing, are introduced. But BCI is not only a tool for practicing but also an occasion to reflect on art and aesthetics anew: When, for instance, painting via the decoding of brain waves results in an ephemeral ‘picture’ on the screen that has no further material being, this alludes to fundamental questions on the place and essence of the creative process as such.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Virtual Reality Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patient Functional Electrical Stimulation Machine Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Art Research Lab (ARL)Adi Hoesle, RetrogradistBabenhausenGermany

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