The Glittering Centrepiece of the Whole Fucking World

The Glittering Centrepiece of the Whole Fucking World (2023) velvet, copper, expanding foam, scaffolding. 160cm x 100cm

Photo Credit @JulesLister

This work is constructed from meticulously and laboriously hand sewn velvet representations of the human brain heavily influenced by fantastical science fiction narratives. The work is inspired by my ongoing research into visualisations of the brain, how we value knowledge, both human and otherwise, concerns about the brain being the last bastion of privacy (particularly in light of the advent/threat of brain chip technology) the synchronicity of brains waves between like-minded people and the reclamation of land via plant intelligences that science is only just beginning to understand.  

The velvet brains are on copper stems which is a direct reference to plants known as hyperaccumulators (a hyperaccumulator is a plant capable of growing in soil or water with very high concentrations of metals, absorbing these metals through their roots, and concentrating extremely high levels of metals in their tissues). The work imagines a future garden where human bodies are replaced by hyperaccumulating brains that suck knowledge from the rock they grow from thereby becoming knowledge rich but without the means to function in any way other than to communicate with each other through their underground neural networks. Beautiful and clever but also functionally useless.