Melting Memories – Engram – Box

Refik Anadol

  • Medium:AI data sculpture based on EEG brain signals
  • Duration:video loop, 18min
  • Size:2160 x 2160 px


Melting Memories displays aesthetic interpretations of motor movements inside a human brain. It stems from Anadol’s experiments with the advanced technology tools provided by the Neuroscape Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. For this work, Anadol gathered data on the neural mechanisms of cognitive control from an EEG (electroencephalogram) that measured changes in brain wave activity and provided evidence of how the brain functioned over time. These data sets constituted the building blocks for unique algorithms that the artist needed for the multi-dimensional visual structures on display. The title, Melting Memories, is inspired by the artist’s readings of the interconnections among latest neurobiological research on Alzheimer’s disease, seminal philosophical works on human memory and artworks that take memory as their principal themes.

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