coated styrofoam, robotic carving

photo: Seth Bechtold


This project was made possible thanks to Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (LIAEP)
at the residency at the Center for New Art at the William Paterson University from January 16
until February 20 2016

Authorial software (Jakub Valtar) translates brain activity  recorded as EEG waves through
NeuroSky biosensor  into the spline in virtual 3d space. This spline became guides for
generating 3d forms. Little  adjustment in the process led to distinctively different outcomes.
Digital models were carved by robotic arm in the Center for New Art at the William Paterson
University, NJ. 

While recording EEG activity I was repeating the rhyme from my childhood we used to say
while pulling the acacia leafs off the stem:
Hapiness / Unfortune / Love / Marriage / Money / Child / Death. The last leaf left on the stem
was our "destiny". I find these few words as a very bold definition of a human life. I was saying
these words over an over .

The idea is to materialize something so ephemeral yet essential such as mental activity.
Thinking, ability to abstract is the characteristic of human. The relationship of a physical
substance depicting the mental process and a mental activity itself is very problematic since
there is nothing man-made what was not thought about before. For me there is one substantial
question: Can the object of a study be an instrument for its self-examination at the same time
as well? How does the approach to understand something influences the result?