Liquefied thoughts. Two words that sum up Solaris, an interactive installation by Moscow-based Save Lab. Solaris offers an insight into the user’s neural data and constantly shifting emotions, lending physical form to brain activity by means of magnetically charged fluorescent liquids.
To generate patterns in one of these liquids, the user wears a headset – a neuro-device known as Emotive Epoc – that registers brain waves and transmits information to the installation’s processor, creating a clearly noticeable result. Save Lab tested participants of different ages and educational backgrounds and found that their brain activity and mood did have a perceptible and personal influence on the behaviour of the liquids. Conclusion: human character and identity can be visibly expressed through unspoken thoughts.