Since visiting the BRAINS: The Mind as Matter exhibition at The Museum of Science and Industry, I have used this experience as a nurturing source of influence towards my practice within Contemporary Art.
I captured this photo at the beginning of my project. I was fascinated how the visual sensory perception can be manipulated and ‘fooled’ by the alteration of certain objects. If an object is altered for scientific enquiry and another for aesthetic pleasures, how can we differentiate between the two? After witnessing the exhibition, I decided to act upon the discourse of objects; exploring how different materials alter when experiencing a process, they may become 'something they're not'.
It is interesting just how much we rely on the visual sense to perceive and understand the world around us.
Skull made with 375 slices of real human brains at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, created by Skull-A-Day artist Noah Scalin.
I saw these on Tumblr a few weeks ago and HAD to get them as a payday treat. The illustration on the covers is fantastic, and so much more detailed than this picture could ever give justice to, (The spines make them aesthetically pleasing stacked too). I am really looking forward to sitting down and reading them soon, hopefully I can get some inspiration for my PHD application.
The preserved brain collection, Grant Museum of Zoology.
(Source: Flickr / thedcms)
Neuron papercut (available to buy here!)