Mammal has partnered with Theo+Theo to be ‘artists in residence’ at TEDxSydney 2017. It’s a chance to exercise our tech and creative muscles outside the scope of a traditional brief, and we’ve come up with something pretty unusual. We call it Theory of Mind. (You can see the build in progress in the image above.)
So the big black box currently sitting in our reception is not a Tardis, or a prop from 2001 A Space Odyssey, it’s a plinth for our art piece to sit upon:
Our ‘Theory of Mind’ installation uses real volunteers to demonstrate how stories and ideas put your whole brain to work. It combines brain sensors with machine learning and computational fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) modelling, to visualise the regions of the brain that activate and encode information when engaging with a TED Talk.
Or in simpler terms, it will show the areas of your brain that light up when enjoying a TEDx talk – by mapping those areas onto a 3D cube made of LEDs.
TEDxSydney is on Friday 16 June, at the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.
TEDx ‘Theory of Mind’. A collaboration between Mammal and Theo+Theo. Coding by S1T2.
Inspired by the research of:
Associate Professor Uri Hasson – Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
Keith Oatley – Dept Applied Psychology & Human Development, University of Toronto
Véronique Boulenger – Laboratory of Language Dynamics, CNRS / Université Lumière Lyon
Associate Professor Raymond A. Mar – The Mar Lab, York University
Professor Tom Mitchell & Leila Wehbe – Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Alexander G. Huth, Thomas L. Griffiths, Frédéric E. Theunissen & Jack L. Gallant – The Gallant Lab, University of California, Berkeley
Special thanks to:
Dr Louise Cole – Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Associate Professor David Mckenzie, Associate Professor Ernest Somerville and Roxanne Fielding – Prince of Wales Hospital
Cameron Charles – Compumedics Ltd.
Camilo Jiminez – University of Sydney
Adam Dionisio – Redscope Films
Phil McNaughton – Greg Murphy Scenery