Rith. Projects. Etc.

Digital. Computational. Spatial. Visual.

😬 Hi, I'm Rith!
(Panharith Ean)

currently@ Bluecadet,
previously@ Harvard, OMA, Studio Z, Khôra

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  EEG Data   Brainwave researches the corresponding between our brain and the surrounding environment. The research studies the electroencephalogram (EEG) data collected from participants in response to external stimuli. We then use the data to create a light installation, visualizing the constant feedback loop between brain activities and the environment.

Design in collaboration with Peitong Chen
with support from BrainCo, Allen Sayegh, Jessica Lim, Milos Mladenovic, Mena Ahmed








Brainwave researches the corresponding between our brain and the surrounding environment. The research studies the electroencephalogram (EEG) data collected from participants in response to external stimuli. We then use the data to create a light installation, visualizing the constant feedback loop between brain activities and the environment.

Design in collaboration with Peitong Chen
with support from Allen Sayegh, BrainCo, Jessica Lim, Milos Mladenovic, Mena Ahmed






Prototyping Participants wear a real-time EEG-measuring device from BrainCo, while walking up and down the ramp of the Carpenter Center at Harvard. We video record the participant's activities and cross-reference the footage with the measured EEG data. The prototyping aims to understand one’s cognitive, and potentially emotional, response to external stimuli: physical activity, the built environment, weather condition, interaction with others. The device specifically measures the focus level of each participant, which yields similar patterns across a focus group of participants:







+ Focus level increases when participant walks up the ramp in contrast to the downward walk
+ Focus level increase when participant operates the manual door opening








+ Focus level decreases when participant encounters strong wind out on the ramp versus inside the shaded platform








Final Installation







The light installation envisions a new study environment in Gund Hall of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. While the students working on their project, the light fixture installed on the desk changes to reflect their focus level. When the focus level drifted down, the light fixture gets brighter to get the students’ attention. There’s a particular brisk shift in the EEG data when the students enter counter an error message from the software they’re using. In this scenario, the light flickers. This creates the initial stage of the feedback loop between the brain and the light.

The subsequent stages of the feedback loop are simultaneous when the brain received information/stimulus from both the project they’re working on and their response to the light changes. Thus, there is constant communication between the brain and the light, one affects the other simultaneously. 















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