The interactive subconscious is a wire-form mask and chest piece dedicated to exploring the timeless quarrel of following ones heart or mind. This idea is projected through the interactive components of the piece, LED’s that react when contact occurs.
The interactive subconscious wire-form pieces are a self-illustration, a self-portrait of sorts. I’m driven to try and illustrate the unimaginable, put words to the ineffable; this drive is clear in my attempt to explore the inner struggle of following ones heart or mind.
When an individual wears the hand made glove and interacts by touching the chest or mask LED’s placed in the heart or the head will light up. This reaction comments on my personal experience of the tough decision of being lead by the soul of the heart or the logic of the mind, this decision being necessary because of human interaction.
Aesthetically, the piece is quite obscure and could be commented as demonic. This reaction is provoked by the harsh material and unconventional motives. The whimsical decorative paper patching the inner of the heart and mask are meant to mimic the wild, and sometimes unacceptable, deep thoughts and hidden feelings contained in a body.
When interacting with my piece, I hope that the observer is faced with the realities of their personal choices regarding heart and mind. I wish for them to experience the pulsing doubt that comes along with wondering – what if?
RESEARCH AND REFERENCES
Title: Following Your Heart Or Following Your Mind?
This blogged entry addresses the timeless question of following heart or mind. The author approaches the subject from a religious standpoint, quoting the bibles scripture to support their views. There is undoubtedly a modern dependence on emotions, and the author believes that those who rely solely on intellect are showing the adverse reaction to this frightening dependence. Ultimately the author believes that neither heart or mind should be favored when it comes to decision making, both should work together to make a choice.
Title: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science – Follow your heart, not your mind
This article was written by Catherine Zeeb who holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. Her professional opinion is that one should allow their intuition to guide their actions. She believes that empowered spirits are those that follow their dreams to live the life they love.
Cherie Sayer – Self portrait – http://www.redbubble.com/people/cheriesayer/art/4201182-1-self-portrait
To me, this piece conveys the epitome of heart vs. mind. The collaged piece presents the more industrial structured style within the higher-mind portion of the portrait, and the free formed whimsical style within the heart portion of the body. The piece takes heart vs. mind even further to suggest that our ‘mature’ selves are taught to follow logic, while our impulsive heart-lead decisions are more child-like in nature. I appreciate this viewpoint, and think the artist and I share the same inspirations.
Eliana Stromberg – mind+heart – http://elianarosenotwar.deviantart.com/art/mind-heart-114053534
While not as aesthetically complex, this wire-form sculpture presents the same influences in a simpler body. The piece is a wearable head-dress that branches off speech-bubble-like into the possibilities of heart and mind and the conflicts that exist between them.
MATERIALS AND PROCESS
– Various sizes of wire – Scissors
– Wire cutters – Glue gun
– Patterned paper – LED’s
– Batteries – Alligator-clip wires
– Conductive Fabric – Scrap Fabric
– Glove – Bracelet
– Headband – Necklace Chain
To start (first production experiment), I used wire to map out a form of my face, and secured it to a head band. I decorated the inner gaps of the mask by gluing decorative paper to the wire. I hid the headband and connective wires by wrapping long strips of fabric over the messy connection and letting the extra fabric hang off the head (like dreadlocks).
When taking the first production experiment further (to create the final piece) I first created a wire-form cartoon anatomical heart. I then decorated the inner gaps of the form with red-related fabrics and paper (similar to the process of covering the inside of the mask). I then found an old glove and decorated it with the similar style as the dreadlocked hair by glue gunning long strips of fabric to the hand surface of the glove. inconspicuously hidden on the tip of the pointer finger of the glove is a square surface of conductive fabric (which would later act as the ‘connective’ aspect to the broken LED circuits).
After addressing all the aesthetics I went on to create the technical LED circuits contained within the piece. I fed the bubbled tips of the LED’s through certain parts of the heart (so they’d pop out and show from the front) and connected them to their appropriate batteries. I left a break in the few circuits so that when touched, the circuit would be complete and illuminate the LED’s. To finish the chest piece I attached the heart to a long necklace chain and adjusted it to hang appropriately.
The LED’s on the mask sit up top on the head-band ‘brain’ portion. I set up the LED’s with the wires glue gunned flat to the underside surface of the mask. The LED circuits were broken up top close to the LED so that when touched, the circuit would connect and power the lights.
In all, the project took approximately 24 hours to complete, aside from time it took to gather materials. Most fabrics and wire were found around the house, while the LED and battery power was purchased at Active Surplus Electronics.