Over Observation

Open Mind, 2014
Yoan Capote

From a blurb:

A labyrinth based on a drawing of the human brain in which people can walk through. As they walk around the maze, participants are metaphors for neurons transmitting information. This work inspires dialogue on the interrelation among people.

The Yoan Capote “brain” might be interesting from way high up from some window in the surrounding high rises — you would then see its layout. It is worth noting that from the ground, you are able to come in and wander around in any direction — the “brain” didn’t have the traditionally preordained paths of a labyrinth. The cerebral part done in silver sat above the anchoring poles. I suspect that given the appropriate mass of people milling about with the requisite illumination from cellphones one could be led to reflect upon firing synapses. (I offer pictoral evidence of the crowd-brain analogy http://www.urbantoronto.ca/news/2014/10/toronto-transformed-capturing-nuit-blanche-2014-photos but even this documentary evidence of moving people as firing neurons would benefit from a crane shot.)

And so for day 1206

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1 Response to Over Observation

  1. Thanks to Sharon Irish commenting on Kathleen Fitzpatrick‘s blog, today, I came across the work of Jeppin Hein https://www.jeppehein.net/pages/project_id.php?path=publics&id=158 who has produced a wonderful set of site-specific mirror labyrinths. The one at Bristol is particularly intriguing:

    Equidistant mirrored lamellae stand in the University of Bristol park in the form of a 6 × 6 m square labyrinth. After entering the mirrored labyrinth, visitors can follow the corridor into the centre of the square, only to be lead out again on the other side. The mirrored surfaces reflect not only the viewers and their surroundings, but also the adjacent mirrors. Physical space is visible in the gap between the vertical lamellae, and is inserted between the mirror images. The multifaceted reflection therefore produces a fragmented view of the space, surrounding the viewer with an unfamiliar and disorienting environment similar to that of a labyrinth.

    Year: 2009
    Materials: steel frame, Alucobond, high-polished stainless steel (super-mirror)
    Dimensions: 6 x 6 m; height: 2,20 m

    Permanent installation at Bristol University, UK, 2009

    I am reminded of the nice distinction between “labyrinth” and “maze” that is afforded to speakers of English.

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