by Laurie Frick
All the good stuff happens while you sleep. If you’re sick, you heal. You build procedural memory, grow taller, resolve conflict, reorder and organize all long-term memory. Recently I’ve learned you dream in all stages, not just REM sleep. I’ve been measuring my nightly sleep using an EEG headband for over a year, and there is a definite pattern to the brainwaves, with much more activity than you’d imagine. It’s ragged with shorter bursts of deep sleep and REM sleep than I thought. I wake up a lot. Its apparent sleep rhythms are not so different than waking rhythms.
I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time, waking and sleeping reflects the underlying structure of our mind. Capturing time-based activities is a way to reverse-engineer subtle underlying brain rhythms. Each work and installation I make is an experiment to find the exact resonant rhythm which tracks the underlying spaces and neural patterns of our mind. Not a total fantasy, this follows from an emerging theory in neuroscience.
I’ve straddled both the world of technology and visual art. Over the past several years, I’ve studied the developments in neuroscience and believe scientists will begin to unravel the mystery of how the brain uses memory to develop an instant attraction to visual objects and surroundings. Aesthetics, I believe is related to brain fluency and the desire to re-experience the familiar.
Mathematical proportions are everything. Our attraction to external pattern stem from internal neural structures in our mind. There is a human desire to find the neural mirror to ourselves, even at the most basic level — the firing pattern of hippocampal neurons.
I’m currently investigating the notion that there is a statistical pattern underlying all cognition. If you could capture the neural rhythm and replay it, in the not so far off future you will be able to replay and relive the original experience.