The NeuroRight Arcades
Installation with game consoles and BCI headphones
Neurowearables are becoming increasingly common, but the ethical frameworks for these technologies have not kept up with the speed of their development. Researchers at Columbia University created the NeuroRights Initiative to protect five fundamental NeuroRights: Mental Privacy, Personal Identity, Free Will, Equal Access to Mental Augmentation and Protection Against Algorithmic Bias. To increase the tangibility of these NeuroRights and inspire a deeper understanding of their importance, artist Roel Heremans designed five philosophical video games for arcade machines once used for games like Pong, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Players wear a brain–computer interface headset while exploring questions about the future of our NeuroRights in a world where brain–computer interfaces will be everywhere.
On completing the game, the player is offered a QR-code to download a digital printout of a recording of their brainwaves while they were playing. In this way the installation uses the very same strategies it warns the player against.
Roel Heremans― Artist
Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with ethical videogames, composed introspection & neurofeedback. In most of his works he composes fragments of audio that trigger the imagination of visitors in order to create immersive group experiences. As a result, the visitors simultaneously become actors, witnesses, performers and reenactors of mental and physical processes of thought and movement, where collective performances encounter individual reactions and vice versa. Through immersive installations and sonorous, philosophical works, Heremans invites visitors to engage with the ethical implications of emerging technologies and explore the intersection of art, ethics, and technology. His varied practice, all deriving from these immersive group experiences, also includes video and works on paper. At the heart of his practice lies a deep-seated commitment to this exploration, making him a vital voice in his specific field.