Julia Buntaine: neuro sculpture
The physical shapes of synapses, the negative space between neurons which serve as communication junctions.
The butterflied, unfolded cortex of the brain, arranged to create a swarm.
Inspired by New York City architecture and the brain activity maps of fMRI.
Based off an engineering diagram of the visual system of macaque devised by vision scientists Felleman and Van Essen.
Based off the “Small World Network” model developed by Strogatz & Watts, the configuration reflects the connective behavior of different brain areas during consciousness.
Gamma waves are one of seven distinct types of brain waves emitted from the brain as measured by electroencephlagram (EEG). Gamma waves are also sometimes referred to as "consciousness waves", a theory which still stands but is likely too simplistic to represent the conscious phenomenon.
This piece represents the location and activity of the thalamus, a critical central brain structure responsible for relaying all sensory information to be processed.
A theoretical representation of neuronal clusters which through their connections, give rise to a single thought. Click image to view.
Inspired by seminal psychologist William James, who formulated how a stream of thought may form in the brain.
Starting with one form, I attempted to recreate the form each day for 22 days, having concealed all previous forms immediately after creating.
Created through bending wire, an "action potential" is the electrical impulse created when one cell fires, or communicates with another.
Representation of a hive-like clustering of neurons and the connections which form neuronal networks
Representation of a motor neuron, a specialized type of cell responsible for movement in the nervous system.
Ion channels, the structures represented here, are cellular membrane components responsible for the influx and efflux of ions, which in turn cause cellular changes necessary for cellular communication.
Representations of the central nervous systems of four individuals.
A play off the "neural correlate of consciousness", a working theory of how consciousness arises, this is an anatomically correct brain with surface carvings of neural networks.