Because of the Lotus
Symbiotically fusing fine art with digital art, while creating a space where the art can be viewed as a new medium, with the viewer being fully immersed in the piece. Paintings, murals and other inanimate objects are brought to life using the arts of Projection Mapping, 3D and 2D animation, and Laser Projection. The use of biofeedback equipment, specifically a wireless EEG headset, allows participants to control the digital art based on brainwave pattern. The installation has displayed over 50 times at some of the world's premier music and arts festivals and fairs, including Suwannee Hulaween, Envision Festival, AURA, Purple Hatter's Ball, Gratifly, Fool's Paradise, Wild Woods, Visionary Arts Fair with Alex Grey, Miami River Art Fair, and many more. Formed in 2016, the non-profit BotL Ink was created with the mission of helping other non-profit organizations with which we align raise awareness for their causes using our unique form of art.
Because of the Lotus at Suwannee Hulaween 2016
Because of the Lotus at Fool's Paradise 2016 with Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Fools of Funk and more!
Because of the Lotus live with Keller and the Keels at B.E. Easy Festival 2016
Because of the Lotus - Projection Mapped EEG-controlled Biofeedback Art
Because of the Lotus 2015
Because of the Lotus at Purple Hatter's Ball 2014
Over the last year, the Because of the Lotus team has been developing its Biofeedback program to include not only displaying brain activity on our art, but allowing you to control it based on brainwave activity while wearing our wireless EEG headset. Last month at Suwannee Hulaween, we unveiled the latest development in our Biofeedback program… BRAIN LASERS! We’ve gone through all of the necessary steps to become fully licensed (varianced) to run Laser Shows, and recently obtained our first RGB laser of our very own. Needless to say our first task was to hook it up to your brains, and we enjoyed huge success with it at Hulaween. The speed of the laser animation was correlated to the level of the participant’s relaxation (or Alpha/Beta waves vs Delta/Theta). Watch the video below to see how it works, and come experience it at a festival soon!
Moe Angelo is a multi-medium artist, musician and technophile hailing from the heart of the Rust Belt, Warren, Ohio. His Ohio roots grew a fruitful tenure as bassist of indie powerpop outfit The Kellys, that licensed its music to both MTV and Anchor Bay film Frat Party, landing on Showtime and Netflix. Roots in internet radio and a relocation to Florida led Moe to create iHateRadio, a smartphone app and web library of independent radio stations, and has allowed him to cover some of the biggest music festivals in the country as a media outlet. His technical evolution has now blossomed into Projection Mapping and digital art for Because of the Lotus, and has recently launched an event lighting company, Lightbrush. With future goals of expanding the scope Because of the Lotus by combining it with his educational and employment background in the field of Psychology and Biofeedback, Moe is highly anticipating the good things coming, and thankful for the ones already here.
Patrick Anglin grew up influenced by the great Masters such as Salvador Dali and the surrealist movement, Pablo Picasso and his cubistic period and Claude Monet and his famous water lilies. He was classically trained at a very early age, always drawing and painting to music, and at the age of twelve Patrick won a scholarship to the Huntington School of Fine Art by drawing a nude model with charcoal. He was more formally trained at the University of Hofstra, where his art professors told him, “we can teach you colors and line, but what you have inside you is unique,” encouraging his personal style. In 2007 was the first time Patrick saw an artist (David Lebo) perform live at Langerado Music and Art Festival, and it was there that he found his path. Since then, Patrick has been an official live painter at some of the biggest Music and Art Festivals in and out of the country, and has co-founded Because of the Lotus. With a style full of colors and narrative expressionism, Patrick continues to grow and improve his technique to this day.
Daniel Morris is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and is a partner in the recently formed BotL, inc. His role within the organization is focused on Wellness initiatives and Operations. Daniel brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team, and has a true passion for helping others.