Provoking reflection on our relationship with technology, Mental Work machinery is dedicated to manufacturing the future by philosophically engaging workers’ minds with ideas that will drive the Cognitive Revolution.


At Mental Work, the public uses research grade EEG helmets to connect to spectacular sculptures and activate them with neural interface (NI) protocols used in EPFL laboratories.

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ART & SCIENCE CONVERGENCE


Art and Science convergence


THE MENTAL WORK EXPERIENCE


The Mental Work experience

BIG DATA FOR NEURAL INTERFACE ADVANCEMENT


Mental Work is not only an exhibition. By fostering the activities of the Mental Workers, it accelerates Neural Interface research by:

  • Creating an extended big dataset for NI community
  • Engaging public in open, participatory science
  • Exploring new methods of BMI training and feedback
  • Evaluating control and feeling of novel interfaces

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NECESSARY STATEMENT ON TECHNOLOGY


Mental Work grasps a unique opportunity to open a public conversation through a truly interactive and aesthetic experience:

  • Better anticipate our relationship with technology
  • Include public at early phase of development
  • Experiment technology in a performative space to question technology, science and ourselves

A VIVID PUBLIC INTEREST


Over 700 participants in two continents
95% capacity in Lausanne and San Francisco


It was truly incredible, I felt like the machine was an extension of my body.


Emmanuel Borloz, journalist at 24Heures


It was an experience I will never forget, amazing! Especially the alpha waves, what an incredible cerebral experience!


Aline, Mental Worker from Orbe, Switzerland

MEDIA


Media distribution

PUBLICATIONS


International and local media coverage:

➔ Reuters UK (broadcasted by +22 TV channels)
➔ IEEE Spectrum
➔ Vice Motherboard
➔ Euronews
➔ Nature
➔ Wired
➔ Discovery Channel
➔ Seeker (283,000 views)
➔ Radio Télévision Suisse - CQFD
➔ Radio Télévision Suisse - Vertigo
➔ Tribune de Genève / 24 Heures

Also covered in Russia, China, France, Vietnam, Chile, and elsewhere around the world.

Team profiles


José del R. Millán
José del R. Millán
Mental Work Chief Scientist
Professor at The University of Texas at Austin
Laurent Bolli
Laurent Bolli
Mental Work Head of User Experience Development
UX Professor at HEIG-VD
Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell
Mental Work Co-founder
Research Project Manager
Jonathon Keats
Jonathon Keats
Mental Work Co-founder
Artist and experimental philosopher

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