Cycles of Reflection
Cairo, 2006/2007

I have been working for many years now on themes that cross the border between science and art. In particular, I have used various scientific methods, such as genetic analysis, sleep patterns and retinal optics, as a source of material for the artistic treatment of my own body and identity.

For the present work, I have utilized actual computer tomographic data to construct an accurate model of my own brain, with the assistance of the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. The model has been given a metallic reflecting surface to emphasize that this is not a simple anatomic specimen, but a highly sophisticated analytical device, that is capable of thinking and remembering ("reflecting").

The theme of the 10th Cairo Biennial was "Image and its Time". What then, is the "time" of an "image", when that image is no more (and no less!) than a series of neural impulses and molecular states that enable the owner of the brain to store it and recall it to mind years later? (The expression "timeless image" gains a whole new meaning in this context.) And yet, when we remember an image we cannot wholly dissociate it from the time in which it was created, so information about the "time" must be stored in our brains along with information about the image itself. What changes,

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