A Utopian Prosthetic for Reading Erewhon, 2012

This work explores the sensation of a prosthetic created to discover the poetic space inhabited by extending human gestures into a device formally and spatially distinct from the body. Electroencephalography (EEG) is used as a control mechanism while reading from Samuel Butler's 1872 novel Erewhon (an anagram of nowhere), specifically The Book of the Machines, in which the evolution of machines into self-replicating, conscious entities is assumed inevitable.  The device plays back the recorded EEG signals from the reading of this text repeatedly, however the physical characteristics of the piece allow each series of gestures to be uniquely expressed.

 

Baltic Birch, String, Aluminum, Acrylic, Custom Electronics