A project by: Mariano Sardón (UNTREF) and Mariano Sigman (CONICET and UTdT - Neuroscience Lab).

Coordinator: Germán Ito (UNTREF).

Research Students: Cecilia Cisneros (UNTREF) and Lucía Carvallo (UNTREF).

We all express ourselves in multiple ways, Words, Corporal language, etc. but in particular, face gestures are fundamental to our expression and the way we relate to others.

In Art there is a whole history of portraiture and gestures. Even with different aspects within the same medium. Like in painting, sculpture, photography, video more recently.

Also in neuro-science, research in the recognition of facial expression and evaluation has proliferated in recent years.

How do gestures allow us to infer the mental and emotional states of other people?

There are indications that even in a very short time, ... of 250 milliseconds, enough information is provided in a gesture to be able to correctly identify an emotion.

A brief gesture, in addition, can be composed of multiple very fast micro gestures that communicate moods.

Then we concentrated on 6 gestures considered as some of the basic and universal ones:

Joy, anger, contempt, sadness, surprise, fear.

We decided to record them with high speed cameras. And elaborate a series of quasi ecstatic portraits.



A project by: Mariano Sardón (UNTREF) and Mariano Sigman (CONICET and UTdT - Neuroscience Lab).

Coordinator: Germán Ito (UNTREF).

Research Students:  Nahuel Rodrigues (UNTREF) 

External Collaborators: Diego Shalom (UBA - CONICET) and Joaquín Ais (UBA) 

Past Research Students: Laila Kazimierski (UBA), Ivan Lengyel (UBA), Emanuel Carrizo (UNTREF), David Irurzun (UNTREF) and Tomás Lilli (UNTREF)


“Morphology of Gazes” is a research project that articulates eye tracking information, neuroscience and electronic art. It deals with the relationship between the gaze and the vision and the way we recognize the face of the others.

By means of eye tracker studies with portrait images, we generate a big database of eye movements of many people looking at faces. We study the way those faces are built by as a collective social construction.

Many artistic works have been made and exhibited since 2010 using eye tracking studies achieved in neuroscience laboratories.




A project by: Bruno Mesz (musician – mathematician , UNTREF - Science and Technology Dept.) and Sebastian Tedesco (designer, UNTREF - UBA).

Research Students: Leonardo Potenza (UNTREF), Camilo Álvarez (UNTREF) and Nicolás Gorla (UNTREF). 

External Collaborators:  María Ceña, Carlos Sztaynberg (UNTREF), Claudio Picotti (UNLAM) 

Past Research Students: Rodrigo Valla (UNQ), Fernando Paz (UNTREF), Facundo Suasnabar (UNTREF), Kevin Herzog (UNTREF), Alejandro Suarez Pryjmaczuk (UNTREF), Fernando Nicolosi (UNTREF), Lucas Vindrola (UNTREF), Iris Saladino (UNTREF) and Eliana Rosales (UNTREF).


This crossmodal instrument responds to notes played on a keyboard producing  combinations of perfumes. Based on Scriabin's note-color synesthetic associations (C red, D yellow, A green, etc.), the aromas are selected based on subjective color-aroma-temperature associations. Lightning varies according with Scriabin correspondences. 

This device works also as a research instrument to investigate perception of smell “harmony” and “counterpoint”, either by itself or presented together with music and light, and articulates with ongoing research on the effect of atmospheres and context on the evaluation of musical emotion. 





A project by: Bruno Mesz (musician – mathematician , UNTREF - Science and Technology Dept.) and Sebastian Tedesco (designer, UNTREF - UBA).

External Collaborators:  Diego Alberti (UNTREF) and Juan Cruz Amusategui (UNTREF).


This device consists in a wine glass with sensors that are able to detect two main gestures of the user: when the cup is taken by the hand and when the liquid contacts the mouth while drinking. The sensing is performed through electrodes attached to the surface of the cup, next to the edge, and connected to capacitive sensors. These sensors generate an electric field and work by detecting other present fields interacting with it, for example that generated by the body. 

We extend the detection area to reach the hand holding the cup, using a special non-toxic metallic paint that is employed routinely in glassware. To avoid wiring, the sensor data is sent wirelessly to a computer. In this way the intervention of the object is minimal and its use is similar to that of a normal glass. When the hand and cup are both detected, a sound or vibration is activated.





A project by: Bruno Mesz (musician – mathematician , UNTREF - Science and Technology Dept.) and Sebastian Tedesco (designer, UNTREF - UBA).

Research Students: Leonardo Potenza (UNTREF) and Camilo Álvarez (UNTREF).


We investigate multisensory perception of vibrotactitle stimuli, smell and taste using a chaise-longue provided with vibrotactile transducers. This device allows to spatialize sequences of vibrations over the body, while aromas are delivered through a computerized system which regulates their temporality.




A project by: Gala González (UNTREF), 

Research Students: Ezequiel Marano (UNTREF), Máximo Signiorini (UNTREF), Christian De Paoli (UNTREF) and Manuel Biderman (UNTREF).

External Collaborators: Juan Martín Sesali Maydana (UNTREF), Nicolás Stavorengo (UNTREF), Matias Napoli (UNTREF - UBA)

Past Research Students: Julián Ottomano (UNTREF), Agustina Las Peñas (UNTREF), Martín Aranda (UNTREF), Claus Gabriel Hesse (UNTREF), Leandro Escortell (UNTREF) and Alma Laprida (UNTREF).