In Flux // Frequencies + Connections
James Barry Exhibition Centre, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
November 12, 2017
The work is heavily influenced by scientific discussions about the connections between learning activity and the development of the brain. Research over the past years has shown that certain regions of the adult brain can generate new neurons and new synapses. Therefore adults can keep growing their brain and protect cognitive functioning as they age, while reduced cognitive function can age us prematurely and reduce life expectancy. The work explores cognitive development during the learning process.
The installation is based on the analysis of personal data obtained by self-tracking and recording selected study activities and time spent on each of them. Graphs and maps present how brain develops during the period of time while undertaking certain tasks. The chosen learning activities are indicated using different colours. The colour orange is used to represent reading, green for writing, pink for listening, blue for making, plum for using computer and light-blue colour represent time away from those activities. The work is aimed to represent the connections between learning activity and the development of the brain. It also seeks to create a greater understanding of how learning can develop new connections between neurons, which help offset brain cell loss due to aging or disease.