White bears, 2016

White bears, 2016

Single-channel video 00:05:00, 3D-printed porcelain

Already in 1863, Fyodor Dostoevsky emphasized the difficulty to control unwanted thoughts: “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute”. How do we empty our minds? Here my goal is to create an object from thoughts we want to erase from our minds. By using a potable EEG-reader, I captured 8 different channels of brain activation of a participant, while asking him to actively engage in thought suppression. I then 3D-modeled the recordings and 3D-printed them using black matt porcelain.