This installation was inspired by a photograph of a mouse’s brain aglow in over 90 fluorescent colors. In 2007 the first mouse was genetically modified to have fluorescent neurons. Researchers are now able to literally see mice think and watch neurons fire. This fluorescent protein was first discovered in a bioluminescent jelly fish that has been driven to near extinction due to polluted ocean water. Since its discovery the protein has been cloned and genetically modified for use in life forms from e.coli to pigs. Its uses range from eliminating malaria, to study HIV, and explore the brain.
We experience the world through our brain. Everything we feel, see, hear, smell, taste and relies on our neural network to be processed and evaluated. Our brains form our memories, imagination, dreams - our identity. As integral as this organ is to our survival and functioning little is known about how it works. With over 100 billion neurons (each with between 1,000 and 10,000 connections) the human brain is more complex than the cosmos.
The exploration of our inner space has unveiled a world of fractal beauty that exceeds our wildest dreams. We are more than a hologram of electric pulses and connections. Between the miniscule spaces of synapses and the tangle of neurons lies our mind. Our experience of reality is shaped entirely by a three pound mass of neurons.
Awareness of reality is decaying as the spaceless world of the internet and multi-media technologies permeate our lives and become extensions of ourselves. This apparent “global connectedness” is contradicted by physical isolation and the obsocelesence of face to face conversations. Meaningful communication has deteriorated into leaving messages on Facebook. Data has replaced wisdom, and we have become too distracted to notice the consequences. The consuming cycle of desire and disposal has furthered the societal divide between the “haves” and “have-nots” and is reeking havoc on our communities and ecosystem.
My goal is to give one an opportunity to experience reverence for the inner workings and connectedness of our bodies, minds, and the universe. I hope to bring attention to the infinite possibilities and realities that are present yet rarely acknowledged in the humdrum of daily life.