Clubgoer brainwaves produce a blur of fused art, tech, and neuroscience

With formidable drinks, pulsing lights, and overcrowded interiors, Las Vegas’s nightclubs are far from relaxing. Swimming against this stream of activity, artist Lia Chavez has created ‘The Octave of Visible Light’ – a pop-up meditation nightclub that uses brainwaves to direct the club’s audio and visuals.

From January 7-February 8, “The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub” will serve as pop-up experience in P3Studio, a contemporary art gallery at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. Each evening, Chavez guides guests through a brief meditation session. Guests wear EEG headsets, which interpret brainwaves and transmit a corresponding signal to the AV system. Colors and sounds of various intensities match the brainwave signals, creating a unique, 15-minute meditative “set” DJ-ed by each guest.

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