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ICAT Playdate — Embodied Art

October 20, 2023

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Our brain consists of billions of neurons that generate rhythmic electrical fields when they communicate with each other. When summed together, these fields are strong enough to be recorded at the level of the scalp through electroencephalography (EEG). Through data sonification, we transformed rhythms of the brain to rhythms of sound through a live performance at The Cube. A dancer wore an EEG cap and had their brain activity sonified in real-time while responding to the sound of their brain, a representation of neurofeedback. Meanwhile, a live floor projection tracked their motion, as if the dancer was the hemodynamic response within the active brain. Join us as we discuss the dynamics of human brain analysis through sonification and projection mapping. This event was hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and the Embodied Brain Lab. The performance featured Melissa Leib, Noor Tasnim, and Dr. Julia C. Basso.


  • Noor Tasnim
    PhD Student, Graduate Program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health
  • Ben Beiter
    PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Sooruj Bhatia, Bachelor’s of Architecture Student, School of Architecture, Arts, and Design
  • Theresa Libera
    PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Robyn Hansen
    PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Dr. Julia C. Basso
    Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise


  • October 20, 2023


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking & Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC