Tod Machover/MIT Media Lab/USA
Based on texts and ideas by Marvin Minsky and the technological innovations at the MIT Media Lab Boston, the Brain Opera project sets new standards in interactive art. The collaboration and interaction of artists, academics, musicians and technologists has resulted in a complex, interlinked, adaptive sound/image/network environment.
One of the Brain Opera's greatest aims is to encourage people to be excited by their own minds, and by the desire to *look inside and hear what is going on* (Minsky). It is this kind of audience involvement - not the mere manipulation of the hyperinstruments - that makes the Brain Opera truly an *opera*. More significantly, the Brain Opera does have a significant dramatic progression, which is the voyage of each audience member through the maze of fragments, thoughts and memories, to collective and coherent experience.
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