∆3 (Delta 3) via Zosimos
is an Audio/Visual performance that uses EEG readings of brain waves to work towards creating a simulation of the “creation of the universe”. The concept was developed based on Sufi poet and philosopher Ibn Arabi’s philosophy of Nondelimited Imagination or “The Divine Imagination”, and ancient Egyptian alchemist Zosimos’ “The visions of Zosimos”.
First Draft of the A/V composition recorded using live EEG readings (unmastered sound). This draft was choosen by VIRTUALLYREALITY and showen in 'RNCM - Royal Northern College of Music' in 2017.
The production uses Neurosky brain scanner, Pure Data, Quartz Composer, OSCulator and Ableton Live. Studing now to add VCV Rack to the sound setup.
The project uses a platform that generates and manipulates a set of visual elements and sounds that react in real-time to the changing EEG brainwave data readings. The visuals starts with one singular particle, that morphs/grows into a more sophisticated ecosystem as the performance goes on. The ecosystem created parallels similar ecosystems such as constellations, the circulatory system and the nervous system, etc.
New samples of generated growing systems to be introduced in the upcoming visual compositions
The concept of ∆3 is based on a research project that studies the digital medium as a ‘Barzakh- the intermediate realm or “isthmus”. It is between the World of Corporeal Bodies and the World of Spirits’. The project tries to interpret and visualize the philosophies of “Divine Imagination” by Ibn Arabi through an alchemical process inspired by Zosimos and the way he interpreted his visions.
“The third world of imagination belongs to the microcosmic human book, in which it is identical with the soul or self (nafs), which is the meeting place of spirit (rûh) and body (jism). Human experience is always imaginal or soulish (nafsânî), which is to say that it is simultaneously spiritual and bodily. Human becoming wavers between spirit and body, light and darkness, wakefulness and sleep, knowledge and ignorance, virtue and vice. Only because the soul dwells in an in-between realm can it choose to strive for transformation and realization. Only as an imaginal reality can it travel “up” toward the luminosity of the spirit or “down” toward the darkness of matter.”
Chittick, William, “Ibn Arabi”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)