Fairground: Thrill Laboratory
For the Science Museum, London, 2005-6.
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Brendan curates Thrill Laboratory at the Dana Centre, featuring a heady mix of three classic British fairground rides - the Miami Trip, the Ghost Train and the Booster; an international team of artists, scientists, performers,
technologists, psychologists and showmen; and a carnival of
experimentation, food, drink, performance, film, music and discussion. Over three weeks in October 2006, the Laboratory explores Pleasure, Frisson, and Excitement.
Visitors ride the rides hooked up to a telemetry system - specially developed by Aerial leading a task force of collaborators - which includes a
heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and video camera. Physiological data and
facial expressions are captured and beamed live into the laboratory and
side of the museum building for audience analysis and delectation.
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