Brain Opera Visual Design
Each visual interface in the Brain Opera has been designed to allow
participants and performers to compose, control and interpret Brain
Opera music using their bodies in direct, intuitive, physical
manipulations such as gesture, touch, and voice. These interfaces use
evocative and poetic images instead of diagramatic or scientific
indices to reflect and guide the participant's interaction with each
system. The dominant visual metaphors of the Brain Opera are the
body and the word. The body is a complex, dynamic network of
sense perception and thought processing organs -- the physical
manifestation of the multiple, distributed systems that induce and
interpret perception, emotion and intellection. The word is the
Minskian "agent" of language, a unit of meaning continuously
evolving through contextualization, recombination and redefinition.
The body is analogous to musical form, the word to music's content.
Photographically-based images - rather than the computer graphics
generally used for such interactive image systems - help to engage
audience members by evoking memories and dreams, mystery and
poetry, as well as accompaniment to every musical interaction.