The Crystal Brain is an artwork which represents the nature of our neural networks in an exploration into how ideas, thoughts and feelings manifest inside our brain.

It uses EEG (electroencephalography) technology to scan the brain’s electrical activity on the scalp  to control a series of audio visual instruments, originally designed by CHDH.

These instruments are algorithmic synthesisers, which use models of natural mechanisms such as swarms & chaos.  These ephemeral fluid structures are revealed on floating, hand crafted, powder glass screens created by Griet which act as a fragmented windows into the processes which underlie our existence.

We’re asking audiences to come and experience an installation, which we feel is a truthful portrait of the human brain. Through focus levels the participant can control the colour and visual time delay of the piece,  yet the flow and movement is controlled by the brain’s activity with which we have no control.

This creates an experience which is at times, both beautiful and ominous, calculated and chaotic capturing moments of lucidity and fleeting thoughts, yet revealing that the grey matter in our heads is far from a utopian, peaceful state of flowing thoughts, it’s a space as beautiful and complex as the world we live in.

Collaborators:

Concept / Installation Design – Dave Lynch | Christophe De Bezenac

EEG / PD – Christophe De Bezenac | Dave Lynch 

Audio + Visual  – Dave Lynch | Christophe De Bezenac | Paul Miller

Projection Mapping – Paul Miller

Glass Sculptures – Griet Beyaert

Producer – Suzie Cross

Installation:

The International Centre for Life | Newcastle | UK | 2016 – 2023

Open Softwares Utilised

Egregore developed in Pure Data by CHDH