Vitruvian Person (The Smithsonian Museum, New York) - CODAworx

Vitruvian Person (The Smithsonian Museum, New York)

Client: The Smithsonian Institute

Location: NEW YORK, NY, United States

Completion date: 2024

Project Team


Samuel Stubblefield

Samuel Stubblefield, LLC

Technical Lead

Ethan Rainbolt

Samuel Stubblefield, LLC


VITRUVIAN PERSON at the Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
Electroencephalogram, projection, Hologauze, speakers, custom software

VITRUVIAN PERSON explores brainwaves as a medium, using artificial intelligence and an electroencephalogram (EEG) to visualize and sonify the neurological activity of the artist’s subjects.

In this work the artist photographs and films individuals as they wear an EEG. The subject’s brainwaves are recorded as they are photographed and filmed, giving the artist unique brainwave data to be used for generative works in print, video, sculpture, and NFT presentations.

Additionally, in a genre of music known as “data music”, Stubblefield works with Grammy Award-winning performers to produce music from the individual’s brainwaves. Each song is as unique as each mind. Individual sonic expressions can be combined to become harmonious compositions that can involve dozens of individuals.

This body of work has been created with a promise of carbon offset purchases to the equivalent of 200% of carbon emissions produced in the process of creating the work.

New York Times Exhibition Review

Special thanks to:

The many people that were photographed for this project

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Director

The Unicorn Black team and G.


Museum exhibition, key piece.