EMPACT - 2nd collaborative Interdisciplinary Artistic Project by NATFA

Elaborated by: Jordan Varbanov, Actor

11 November 2023

On the basis of the collaborative work between an artist and a professional, Jordan Varbanov studies the connectivity between and focus the research on Empathy. As a professional actor finds an interesting opportunity to find the language of the concrete performing act through scientifically exploring the Empathy that brings the human brain. This performance is instigated by the reflections that nature and arts bring to the brain waves and how they reflect.

The presentation was held at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Kr. Sarafov”, on 11 November, 2023.

Nature and its sounds and visions can bring us to places that we remember or dream to be. It can make us smile or feel peaceful. This reflection of the brain can make a positive impact on human behavior. It can be referred to as a process that can help realize the importance of nature to society.

The purpose of this project is to analyze the meeting points between the performing arts and microbiology. It is produced by the usage of information from electroencephalography and creating it into an art form. Music is created by the waves of the brain and performed at the performance as well as the actions (the dialogue) from which the waves are gathered. This is micro-biology information translated into the language of art. Basically, it can be an endless circulating process that can never stop creating art through Empathy.

The creative process is led by Jordan Varbanov (actor), with the collaboration of Spas Kerimov (entrepreneur and microbiologist). The project has four stages and each of them has an opportunity to be presented physically and digitally.

The first stage

Conversation between the artist Jordan Varbanov and the micro-biology specialist Spas Kerimov. It begins as an exchange of thoughts on the matter of how the surrounding circumstances, such as the wind, water and forest sounds affect the thoughts as well as the soul of a person. This conversation is filmed and based on it there is a performance/public presentation. Some fragments of the footage are presented at the performance

The second stage

Gathering of information from the electroencephalographic apparatus EEG to study the brain activity of an artist who listens to the sound of nature or exercises an art form(performance of poetry, singing, playing a musical instrument). This part will be independently documented and presented on the performance. It is the reading of the extracted information. It is the moment when the art will be able to be reproduced. On the basis of these brain waves, we will be able to create art in different forms – composing music/poetry. We will be discussing the conversation( lines from a drama play, or poetry) with another person who is related to the object of the research.

 The third stage

Use of EEG to study the brain activity of an artist who is practicing an art form (performing poetry, singing, playing a musical instrument). This will happen in the circumstances of sounds derived from nature (wind, water), as well as the use of speech from the research object within a dialogue that is part of a dramatic work, for which a partner will be required. This part will be able to be independently documented and presented digitally. It will extract information about brain waves while the person is making art. The reliance on retrieved information. This is when the art will be able to be reproduced. On the basis of these brain waves, it will be possible to create art in various forms – composing music. A composer will make a music piece on the base of the collected data.

The fourth stage

Presentation of the creation, which will be accompanied by documentary material for the first two parts of the project. This will be a performance in which part of the activities during which the information from the brain waves was collected will be performed against the background of the music that was created from the collected information.

The collaboration aims to define the importance of sustainability for humans and artists, to create art, through art with the help of technology methods and create art that is alive in every sense of the word, and is connected with science. Last but not least, it introduces an artist with his own thoughts expressed through art.

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Co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Program (Grant agreement nº: 101055903 – EMPACT – CREA-CULT-2021-COOP-2) coordinated by Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and the Asst. Professors Efi Kyprianidou and Yiannis Christidis. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.