Ars Electronica Garden Thessaloniki


MindSpaces project tries to improve the design process of indoor and outdoor environments through participatory design involving and integrating multisensory measurements of individuals’ responses. Artists and architects provide ideas, after which MindSpaces’ researchers will monitor participants while they experience them.

The emotional aspects of the environment will be obtained through the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and other physiological sensors that will be incorporated in a virtual reality experience. Then, the virtual space will adjust according to the neuroresponse of each individual, which will result in the creation of a space tailored emotionally to the user.

MindSpaces Garden will host the MindSpaces project, funded by the European HORIZON2020-STARTS program. To encourage collaboration between research projects and artists, STARTS funded residencies for artists at technology institutions and for scientists and technologists at artists’ studios.

The design of space on the architectural and urban scales has been shown to significantly affect the emotional, cognitive wellbeing of individuals, and to influence the functionality and effectiveness of indoor and outdoor spaces in ways that have often been overlooked in the past. MindSpaces proposes a new model of real-time public participation in architectural design processes. MindSpaces is a multidisciplinary initiative that integrates the arts, neuroscience, natural language technologies, architecture, 3D modelling, visual and textual fields, electroencephalography, physiological detection analysis, and augmented and virtual reality.

MindSpaces Garden will host pre-recorded interviews of the six artists selected from the Open Calls, a pre-recorded demonstration of the MindSpaces platform, and a live demonstration of the DïaloG project held by the consortium’s digital artists Maurice Benayoun and Refik Anadol. DïaloG is an urban art project proposed by the two artists as an experimentation platform on the value of mutual understanding between artworks, as well as between artworks and humans, between humans, and therefore, a form of human to human (H2H) interaction.


Wed, Sep 9, 2020
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
DïaloG Livestream
Wed, Sep 9, 2020
10:15 am - 11:25 am


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  • ABPS Human Behaviour Simulation, MindSpaces, Tyson Hosmer, Zaha Hadid Architects.  Credit: Tyson Hosmer, Zaha Hadid Architects.
    ABPS Human Behaviour Simulation, MindSpaces, Tyson Hosmer, Zaha Hadid Architects. Credit: Tyson Hosmer, Zaha Hadid Architects.