Posted: May 2, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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A look inside your skull can be an odd experience. Does an image of your brain in some way represent you and your identity? Or, in reality, does it offer little more insight into your humanity than an X-ray of your arm? This question – do biomedical images shape our sense of ‘self’ – is the inspiration for the exhibition Between: Embodiment and Identity at Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London. The works of artists Susan Aldworth, Andrew Carnie and Karen Ingham aim to bring humanity to images seldom captured for their aesthetic value. Their films and prints are borne out of a quest to add narrative to the impersonal images of clinical technology. “The science is incredibly important diagnostically, but it doesn’t account for how you feel as a human being,” says Aldworth. In her playful film, Lines of Thought, Aldworth attempts to answer a befuddling question: how do you describe how it feels to think? It may seem an impossible task, but Aldworth conveys it perfectly. A fast-moving line flits from place to place in a sketched brain – speeding through neurons, pinging through cortices. I realised, with some amazement, that this simple portrayal captures exactly how it feels when I think. (via CultureLab: What does thinking feel like?)

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