Tempo in the Brain - a Science Experience!

Elisa Kim Fromboluti's avatar Elisa Kim Fromboluti

Stories, language, and music decay into order. Importantly, these are human creations, but not creations of single humans. Rather, they require interaction amongst constellations of social beings: series of reproductions of a story, a word, a frequency pattern filtered through individuals coalesce into a single, ever-evolving system. This piece is an artistic interpretation of an experimental question. Previous researchers in language, memory, and perception have used a method of iterated transmission (similar to a game of telephone) to study the systematic distortions in our cognition that lead to these types of complex systems. With this artwork-meets-experiment, I am using the method of iterated transmission to study how we perceive time: what are human biases for tempo and rhythm across auditory and visual modalities?

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 2'
  • Medium: computer
  • Width: 2'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 6' - 7'