"In the intimate, octagonal shed, under the iron mechanisms that operate the sliding roof, the work takes on a new set of associations specific to this structure. Although decommissioned, the observatory building still evokes a particular history - of scientific enquiry, of cosmological and astrophysical exploration. Isolated and relatively exposed, the small observatory is directly affected by the weather and by the daily cycles of light and dark. For several days of the exhibition, rain beat heavily on the domed roof and ran noisily down the drainpipes. During twilight hours the door could be left ajar so the glass constellation was visible from outside, glowing in the half-light."
4 suspended glass spheres, HD video projection, laptop, Max/MSP patch, wireless headphones
A collaboration between an artist, a sound designer and a neuroscientist exploring ways in which networks of brain cells recall memories. The installation uses combinations of projected sounds and images to describe a theoretical memory process known as pattern completion.
© Michaela Nettell, Tom Simmons and Hugo Spiers. Funded by the Wellcome Trust. Installation view at Wilkins North Observatory, UCL, London, September 2010.