Residency Program Title
Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2009
Institute Lab Title
Brain Mind Institute (BMI), EPFL Lausanne
Luca Forcucci’s research observes the perceptive properties of sound, space and memory. The field of possibilities of the experience is explored as the artwork. In this context, he is interested in perception, subjectivity and consciousness.Please visit our website in German for more information.
Luca Forcucci achieved a PhD in Sonic Arts from De Montfort University and a MA in Sonic Arts from Queens University of Belfast. The research was further conducted at University of the Arts of Berlin, INA/GRM Paris (Institut Nationald’Audiovisuel/Groupe de Recherches Musicales) while investigating at Bibliothèque Nationale de France François Mittérand, and at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland to explore cognitive neuroscience of out-of-body experiences. He regularly lectures at Universities (USP São Paulo, UFRJ Rio de Janeiro, URC California, UdK Berlin, ZhDK Zürich, EPFL Lausanne, SIVA Shanghai).
Inspired by a sound installation by Alvin Lucier from the 1960s, Luca Forcucci devoted himself to music production controlled through brain power. Starting from the microscope image of a neuron, Forcucci tried to convert the visuals into an acoustics. The sound sculpture "Kinetism" was created during his stay at the Brain Mind Institute (BMI), EPFL Lausanne, and investigated the perception of our daily sound spaces. It highlighted the difference between the concept of hearing, a physiological ability, and the concept of listening, a psychological act (Roland Barthes, 1985). "Kinetism" invited the listeners to follow a sound walk that makes the dialectic between the internal and external perception of space audible through sound: the sound of one's own body (internal acoustic space), which predominantly takes place unconsciously, and the noise of the city (external acoustic space). The sound installation dealt with the question of how we perceive our body and gave the visitor a sort of "out of body experience".