SCRIBING THE SOUL
There is an accompanying Scribing the Soul book with essays by Gill Saunders (States of Mind), Paul Broks (Infant Fingers)and Robert Mason (Material Mysteries)
'Susan Aldworth's art explores the nature of consciousness. In 1999, the experience of observing her brain live on monitor during a diagnostic brain scan triggered an ongoing fascination with the relationship between the physical brain and the sense of self. Since then Aldworth has worked and collaborated with doctors, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, etchers, artists and musicians to in pursuit of this elusive subject. She has observed numerous brain scans in hospitals, and undergone research rain scans herself to try and make sense of the material basis of personality. In parallel with these investigations, she has experimented with etching techniques in collaboration with master etcher Nigel Oxley, and developed a radical method whose chemical processes are analogous to those in the brain that might be responsible for personality. Aldworth also works with animated film, digital print and light installation. Scribing the Soul is the result of her tracking consciousness over the past seven years.'
'The harder one stares into the machinery of the brain, the starker the realization that there is no one in there. There is no inner sanctum of the self. Neural networks have a life and logic of their own. There is no one running the show. The self is a shadow-puppet shaped by the firings of a hundred billion brain cells. These are conceptual conundrums, intractable to current science, they call for an artistic response.'
Paul Broks from Scribing the Soul
The publication is priced at £7.99 and is available from the gallery and by mail order. Please send a cheque for £7.99 + £1.30 p&p to: Transition, Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN
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Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Susan Aldworth (31 Jan 2008)
Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 19.6 x 0.6 cm
The exhibition Scribing the Soul takes place at Transition from
26 July - 17 August 2008