Luciana Haill is a contemporary Surrealist working with neuro-technologies and her recent practice has focused on artist Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, Entoptic visuals and the phenomena ‘Flicker’. She has developed this into a series of performances and installations involving the realtime monitoring and sonification of the participants own brainwaves using techniques from hypnosis and meditation, she is considered a pioneering artist in her field. The ‘Phrontesterion’ (EEG & Dreamachine) references the notion of ‘The Visionary’ and was shown internationally in venues including The Royal Academy, The Waag Society in Amsterdam, Kinetica Art fair London and KIBLA in Slovenia.
Luciana experienced viral meningitis as a teenager which led to a fascination with the brain. She has been using brainwave recording technologies since 1994, whilst studying for the first ever degree in Interactive Art led by Roy Ascott. Haill’s art emanates from hypnogogic reverie, entrainment (neurofeedback) and exploration of liminal states such as Lucid Dreaming. Her work researches pioneers in Neuroscience & Cybernetics whilst simultaneously exploring interconnections with parallel trends from Surrealism with ‘The Beats’, expressed in a convergence with neuro-technologies, digital media, performance, sound and her drawings.
Her installations take the form of sensory environments that enable participants to access new ways of experiencing and perceiving. These works often involve the realtime monitoring of the participants own brainwaves using techniques from neuroscience, hypnosis and meditation, to control and create interactive experiences using sound and video. Her participatory installations and performances have also taken place internationally as mentioned above, and also including : The October Gallery London, CENART in Mexico City DF, The Royal Institute, ICT & Art Connect in Lithuania and EU Parliament in Brussels, ‘Lates’ in The Science museum, FACT in Liverpool, The Sage Gateshead, iMal Gallery in Brussels, The Secret Garden Party Oxford, The Frequency Arts festival in Lincoln and KIBLA festival in Slovenia.