Shift Register is a sound installation by Joe Cantrell that utilizes hyper-directional speaker and brainwave recognition technologies to explore the body as a filter for data. This work explores how this effect can be used to complicate traditional performance and experiential modalities.
A performer wears an EEG unit that recognizes brainwave activity and translates this data to sound. This performer also wears a video viewing apparatus that obliges the performer to watch videos chosen by the audience. The reactions to these video can be heard aurally by the audience. In this way, a system is created in which the intentional creative choices of neither the performer nor the audience are ever clearly defined.