mdp thesis

a cognitive mapping experience

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Update: Finally Reading to Serial


[Update: Must hook up Bluetooth BlueSMiRF directly to Arduino, using female/male headers, and not the breadboard… was causing all the connection/reading serial problems]

So after a couple hours in trying to recreate what I did a few days ago, I couldn’t get the serial to read and when I did (RX+TX) plugged in, it kept giving me an output of 0. But it was still reading, Yay!

[Update: the problem with the “0” output was having the RX on bluetooth connected! As says the RX on BlueSMiRF was giving them problems… after it was disconnected, the ouput gave out readings!]

Basically I have to do the whole restart procedure:

  1. Upload code “Mindwave_Arduino_LED_UART” to Arduino Uno (Mindwave off)
  2. Sometimes restart Arduino, otherwise open up Serial Monitor (already set to 57600)
  3. Plug in connections [IMPORTANT: use only RX on Arduino to TX on bluetooth and REMOVE RX wire] IMG_4711
  4. Then, after a few seconds, turn on Mindwave to “pair” (make sure unpaired to repair)
  5. ***Pairing them again took a while as I had to keep restarting the Mindwave on/off*** [Arduino must be on BEFORE Mindwave is turned on!]
  6. Usually should connect right away… if it keeps blinking blue and Bluetooth is red, restart Mindwave OR do entire process again (in order)
  7. Now the RX wire when connected to Arduino should light up the TX LED on board… if not, disconnect and reconnect until the LED turns on (sending serial this way or else no output)
  8. Open Serial to see “Meditation” values and averages!



> however in that tutorial it says to connect TX-TX, I hooked up TX-RX (TX on bluetooth-RX on arduino)

Statement of Practice

I am interested in artistic explorations and functional designs that attempt to create change or challenge preconceived notions of our reality. Whether revolving around art, activism and queered spaces, I seek to create spaces of facilitated dialogue around political and social issues. Basing my work around tackling social oppressions in various scopes, I take on a more actionable, queering, and gendered approach and perspective to looking at the world of impact through design.

I have been recently engaging with the contexts around wearable technology and emerging media as forms of embodiment and empowerment. As a place for potential breakthroughs in the commercial sector, it also proves as an exciting arena as an unmarked territory of the body as insightful to the futures of our flesh, minds and innate human qualities and characteristics. These questions challenge industry and explore the boundaries of functional technology and transform it into something more experiential, expressive, and empowering.

Through technologies, I have explored issues around the War on Drugs, transgendered discrimination, and protest movements, creating interventions and moments of clarity through the topics at hand. Although not aiming for a solution based creation, my work tends to create blurred lines of inquiry into these spaces. Such interventions use analogue and digital mediums to interact and feed into acts of creating awareness. Embodying awareness through my work allows me to look at wearables and technology production in ways that create ownership, especially when drawing from my own experiences. By mixing extremes whether the social-political with computation, the body and spiritual experience or traditional values in a fluxuating modernity, the contrasting and polarizing themes create the kinds of awareness that are inherent in the systems I analyze and tackle.

Through methodical research into such subjects, my designs and produced works give life and voice to a community of perspectives that are embedded into the overall aesthetic and positioning of my work. The topics at hand can often be difficult, serious, dark or moody in such extremes, however my aesthetic often takes these undertones and reverses, reflects and highlights such points in ways abstracted from its subjected perversion. At the core of interest in extremes is the fundamental abstraction of a systemic view that fluctuates between a spectrum and by reflecting these qualities in my work through aesthetic, user experience or interactivity, the play on such subtleties can be felt.

Ref: Bluetooth module to EEG headset


Hooking up Arduino, Bluetooth & Neurosky:—hacking-mindwave-mobile

and debug/corrections:


Using Bluetooth:



[3/29/15]…Will not send to Serial Monitor

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.16.49 AM

[Update: 4/4/15] Last time, had to connect TX-TX on serial0, not switched, and after restarting both.  It gave output with “test-mindwave” code.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.17.07 AM

More info:


(^Giving some kind of output…^)


Using Stino to port the Arduino IDE to Sublime Text 2, a much better editor.

Tutorial Here:

MIDI Shoes Progress (part 1: sensors)

A snapchat DIY journey… Part 1


  •  4 Force Sensors
  • Arduino Uno
  • Wires
  • 10K ohm Resistors


After the force sensors arrived, I proceeded to extend the leads and add resistors as needed, knowing that they will all fit either onto a shoe/sock or inside a platform box eventually. I wired them onto my breadboard and hooked them up to the Arduino (analog pins A0-A3).

So now I needed a way to turn the serial output from the sensors, which were giving me the range from 0-1023 depending on how much force I exerted on the sensor, to MIDI signals. If the force pressed was to play a note, it would be like playing a MIDI controller, except the sensor values keep changing (vs a button press/trigger). Here I used Hairless MIDI Serial to convert the incoming serial numbers through the USB port that is hooked up to the Arduino.

Once the Hairless is hooked up and reading the port, the output should be on “IAC Driver Bus 1” which is where the Hairless is directing the conversion towards. Then using something like Ableton Live (under Preferences > Link/MIDI > Midi Ports > Input: IAC Driver (Bus 1)) set all the values to be ON. This way it sets this as the MIDI controls.

My musical friend helped me put a file of sounds together for the Front and Back force sensors which must be mapped to the MIDI message that is sent out from the code (note = #) when it is called like so: MIDImessage(noteON, note, velocity). The note calls the particular sound from Ableton and the Velocity is the changing sensor values which can modulate in effect, change the pitch, velocity, and modify the note basically.

First Iteration (individual Sounds for each front/back, triggered on/off):



Alienation from nature and the loss of the experience of being part of the living creation is the greatest tragedy of our materialistic era. It is the causative reason for ecological devastation and climate change.

Therefore I attribute absolute highest importance to consciousness change. I regard psychedelics as catalyzers for this. They are tools which are guiding our perception toward other deeper areas of our human existence, so that we again become aware of our spiritual essence. Psychedelic experiences in a safe setting can help our consciousness open up to this sensation of connection and of being one with nature.

LSD and related substances are not drugs in the usual sense, but are part of the sacred substances, which have been used for thousand of years in ritual settings. The classic psychedelics like LSD, Psilocybin and Mescaline are characterized by the fact that they are neither toxic nor addictive. It is my great concern to separate psychedelics from the ongoing debates about drugs, and to highlight the tremendous potential inherent to these substances for self-awareness, as an adjunct in therapy, and for fundamental research into the human mind.

It is my wish that a modern Eleusis will emerge, in which seeking humans can learn to have transcendent experiences with sacred substances in a safe setting. I am convinced that these soul-opening, mind-revealing substances will find their appropriate place in our society and our culture.

– Dr. Albert Hofmann
Thursday, 19th April 2007