The installation, Hippocampal Memory, was 13 x 32 feet (over 400 square feet) in size and the cylindrical conduit along the ceiling was 80 feet long, for an additional 240 square feet of interacting neurons. In this exhibit, the conduit served as a metaphor for neuronally based information, which flows in and out of the hippocampus, to memory storage sites throughout the cerebral cortex. The hippocampus serves a central role in organizing memory storage and receives the brunt of damage from Alzheimer’s Disease.
It is in reference to our memories, our experiences, our self-reflections, that we as cognizant human beings emerge. In the wall installation, I purposefully designed a pair of “dancing neurons” performing a tango: It Takes Two to Tango. Also, a joyful “swinging neuron” enjoyed the moment. These details were included because this was not simply an illustration of neuronal networks, rather this was a denotation of us as human beings, enjoying life, enjoying others, engaged in social activities. It is because of these neurons, and the memories contained therein, that we emerge as individuals and as social beings.
This installation took place at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. For further images and information please visit the art gallery section of this website.
Here, again, I consider each Thought Fragment to be a unit of consciousness, a quantum of consciousness.