As part of the 9 Evenings: theatre and engineering which took place at the Armory in NYC, “Alex Hay gave a very austere solo dance accompanied by the amplified sounds of his brain waves, heartbeat, muscle and eye movements.” – Jack Burnham Beyond Modern Sculpture.
There is a great description of the event here and Alfons Schilling’s GREAT film 9 Evenings here…. you will get a full appreciation of the amount of energy, effort and scale that was required to put this show together. Although it was largely considered a failure at the time due to the technical difficulties they encountered, I can not help but be in awe and inspired by what they were able to achieve. With lessons learned, we need to stage another event with the same magnitude of artists.
Of special note are:
4:17 into the video, the segment about Alex’s performance begins.
At 6:20, David Tudor does
Fast forward from Alex Hay to 2009 and Graffiti Research Lab crew – Chris Sugrue, James Powderly, Theo Watson, Evan Roth and Zach Lieberman – have just uploaded their latest video demonstrating their eye tracking software created with openFrameworks called eyewriter.