La Nostalgie du Futur

︎Installation, Research

La Nostalgie
du Futur

Can emotions be engineered?

The stress associated with living in urban areas has increased our susceptibility to mental illnesses. As our lives have become more condensed, there has also been a surge in the need to disconnect.
In a time-pressed society, where every minute must be accounted and justified, mental and physical wellbeing need to become part of a tight schedule.

The “brain spa” explores how we can trigger specific neurotransmitters in our brains to enhance and manipulate our senses. Collaborating with researchers, perfumers, sound and visual artists, I created a sensorial brain spa that can boost the production of Serotonin, one of the main mood elevating neurotransmitters in the brain. The experience is designed to enhance our mood, as well as allow the user to track, through an EEG headset, the effect the experience is having on them in real time.

When combined with artificial intelligence, the use of emotional tech tools will enable us to measure, record and alter our brain activity easily and efficiently. This project aims to both raise awareness of the real potential of such digital tools, but also question the implication and mass deployment of such technologies in a future that is just around the corner.