How did it feel to see Brainlight (2015) integrated in Aje's Chroma visual experience? Did it inspire you from a new perspective?
It always amazes me the diverse range of reactions Brainlight garners in different contexts. Although the work has been seen in over in over 10 countries, in settings as varied as galleries, science conferences, schools, prisons, concerts and medical labs, this was my first opportunity to collaborate with a fashion house, and as always, it enabled me to view my work in a whole new light. Personally, the clothing I wear and the colours I surround myself with have a deep impact on how I feel. Until my collaboration with Aje, I had never interrogated the way in which my connection to colour and texture might be reflected in the artwork. Calibrating the “brain” before the event, surrounded by images of the fashion industry, I found myself thinking of my own style – where it comes from and which elements of myself, I choose to represent externally. I was able to observe the changes in my brain patterns as I underwent these thoughts, and then, in the manner that the piece demands, observe how my brain responded to witnessing these changes.
During the actual event, I was able to see how the model’s brain changed after putting on the clothes. In the test run, before we opened, her brain exhibited a lot of red – the colour I used to capture frequencies associated with excitement or stress; once she was in front of the audience however, her brain activity switched to a bright green, reflecting a “flow” state and capturing a performer in her element.