The Mind Ocean | 脑海


The installation is comprised of an EEG brainwave sensor and an animated projection of an ocean. Waves rise and fall in response to the mental activity of the viewer.

Chinese idiom "脑海" (Nao Hai) could be literally translated into "Brain Ocean", it is an analogical representation simply for "The Mind", implies the similarities between the mind and the ocean - mysterious, deep and almost intelligently incomprehensible. The ancient Chinese has been very interested in the relationship between the mind and the physical reality. By coining the word "脑海 (Nao Hai)", they expressed an ideology of connecting the reality and the mind. We are fascinated by the analogy and were driven to create something that could picture this idea using new media technology. We employed the EEG Brain sensor and created the generated digital ocean. By the EEG sensor, we can get the basic brain activity of the viewer, and then we use it to control the movement of the ocean.

“脑海”是一个交互艺术装置。由一个脑波检测器和我们用计算机生成的大海组成。脑波检测器(EEG sensor)可以检测到人类大脑的基本活动。大海的海浪会受到用户脑波的活跃程度的影响。简单说,大脑越活跃,海浪越翻滚,反之,大脑越平静,海浪越平静。


  • Sep. 2017, Selfie, CultureHub, New York, NY
  • Aug. 2017, Untitled, 433 Gallery, Guangzhou, China
  • Apr. 2016, Calm Before/After the Storm, BHQFU Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • July 2015, YANG WANG X ZHENZHEN QI Duo Exhibition, FL:EX Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • language: C# / Unity / HLSL