Duchamp Wheel Memory, 2015
8 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 2 in.
Recently, China Blue has been working at the intersection of thought and thing, giving form to neural activity through the interaction between brainwaves and sculptures. By this means she illustrates and illuminates the core philosophical notion that art is an extension of thought, a notion that in the twentieth century was epitomized no better than by the works of Marcel Duchamp. Her ghostly 3D printed reproductions of his Readymade sculptures allude to the cerebral nature of these works, but also make manifest the crucial interface of perception with physical objects in understanding art. Yes, the wheel spins. Signed and dated.
China Blue is an award winning international artist whose current work focuses on the brain. Brainwaves of individuals, sensed through her customized EEG software, control the light and sound of an interactive sculpture and also dynamically create personal mind produced drawings. With her Cultural Connectomes she mines the history of art to illuminate unexpected relationships and to show how artistic ideas have been disseminated through societies. Over the past two decades she has created sound art works that focus on researching and developing data sonification. This has lead to discovering the hidden acoustics imbedded in the iron of the Eiffel Tower, submerged in Venice’s water or encased in NASA’s Vertical Gun chamber. This sound work is the foundation of her current focus. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.