mental translations

Jesús Tamez-Duque


Who has not dreamt of exploring his creative spirit With « Máquina cerebral 4 », Jesús Tamez-Duque proposes an original interactive installation which immerses visitors into an exploration of their reactions to the abstract paintings of Anne-Marie Renan, whose intense work on gesture and color represent an ideal device.

Equipped with an EEG headset which measures brain activity, they become « interacteurs » as they step in and observe the works. Neural reactions are analyzed in real time and translated into waves of light and sound creating a new and ephemeral artistic piece around them.

The artist then follows up with a taste of the creative process leading up to « Máquina cerebral 4 » by involving the « interacteurs » in a new experience. Here, neural reactions are recorded in relation to preparatory works by Anne-Marie Renan, in order to determine the presence or absence of identifiable unconscious effects created by composition, pressure, and date of each exercise. These types of studies constitute the cornerstone of all installations by Jesús Tamez-Duque.

A NeuroMarseille and Arts Vivants production.
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Jesús Tamez-Duque (MEX)

Jesús Tamez-Duque is an Interdisciplinary Artist + Tech. Developer based at Aix-Marseille (France) and currently developing installations and projects within the EU, China and México. Exhibiting first in México, his early museum-based installations integrated neuroscience to explore unconscious connections to art pieces, immortalizing and sharing aesthetic responses to pleasing interactions. Pieces quickly thereafter increased in complexity, interactivity and deeper integration of scientific concepts + tools. His work is based on the principles that sciences are types of art, that new technologies are to be treated as evolutions of artistic media, that the century 21.2 calls for art which is lived and not simply witnessed, and that art is ultimately created by the audience or « interacteurs »; the three main points of what he calls « Art du papier ».

Credits & mentions

Intellectual Collaborators:
Fernando Martínez-García (back-end algorithm integration).
Memo Santos (front-end software integration).

An exhibition imagined and produced by Arts Vivants and CHRONIQUES, Biennale of Digital Imagination 2020.
Partners: Atelier Anne-Marie Renan, INDI Ingénierie et Design, GlobalNeuroMarseille, Arts Vivants.