© 2015

Spike's maze


plexiglas, steel, miniature tableaux, electronics, sound, video, rat
48" x 72" x 528"

A plexiglas maze spanning four large tables encases a timeline of miniature tableaux. The scenes describe the history of how we came to conceive of ourselves as electrochemical entities. From Plato and Galen to transgenics and neural prosthetics, each scene is explained with text and image on accompanying building blocks. Electrochemistry becomes the theme that binds together our histories of war, drug abuse, healing, social priorities, creativity, inquisitiveness, and horror. The whole is at the mercy of a lone rat ("Spike") living in the maze. Over the course of the exhibit, the rat rewrites history, consuming and rearranging the individual elements. The hypnotic sound of a nerve cell spiking during a seizure can be heard in the background. Commissioned by Ars Electronica & the O.K. Center for Contemporary Art, Linz.

Spike's nest of EEGs
Galvanic baths
Pavlov's dog
the giant squid axon and electroshock theraphy
cow genes in tomatoes
injecting DNA into cells
the maze