Copyright 1998-2012 Morten Kringelbach

Rapid prototyped sls on a mirrored plinth

"The latest collaborative artwork from neuroscientist Morten Kringelbach and artist Annie Cattrell reveals - and revels in - sensory dialogues in the brain... Their new sculpture Pleasure/Pain - which I deliberately attribute to both of them - models the structural connections of a small region in the brainstem, the periaqueductal grey, as revealed by a method of magnetic resonance imaging called diffusion tensor imaging. The piece explores the links that might be activated during sensations of pleasure and pain.
... Cattrell and Kringelbach are telling us that art can be as rationally founded as Renaissance theorists insisted, and that science can be as suggestively open as the act of looking itself. "
(Professor Martin Kemp, Nature 2010, 465: p.265)

Collaboration with artist Annie Cattrell, copyright 2009.

Deep brain stimulation in the PAG/PVG can radically change the subjective experience of pain, as described in this scientific article: [pdf]

Choreographed by Subathra Subramaniam. Dancers: Kamala Devam, Elena Jacinta, Anusha Kedhar and Johanna Devi.

The Shiver represents a sensation between delight and anxiety, between dance and spoken word - a performance waiting for a spine to tingle. The piece combines dance, music, image and spoken word in an interdisciplinary performance in which three dancers explore the scientific and emotional reasoning behind why we shiver - and why it can be through pleasure or pain.
... The Shiver is the first production from new dance company Sadhana. Set up by Suba, Sadhana derives from the Sanskrit word for the pursuit of a spiritual goal, combining perfection of execution with study and reflection, and represents Suba's vision for the company's role in 21st century British dance - the "purpose for which we have come to this place". Suba's choreography which draws from the rich vocabulary of Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical dance form, aims to be thought-provoking, visually charming and entertaining.
Touring the UK Autumn 2010

The Shiver.
Collaboration with artist Subathra Subramaniam

Link to website for Suba's dance company Sadhana.

Rapid prototyped resin in acrylic, 60x60x60 cm (in Wellcome Collection).

"Cattrell is seeking to grasp the “physicality of consciousness” by exploring the “delicate dialogue between the exterior world and our individual blueprint”. She models this dialogue by casting in resin the morphological patterns of brain activity that correspond to the stimulation of each of the five senses. Neural activity is transformed into glistening apparitions that float in the cranial cavity like a kind of mental plasma. The refractive and reflective crystalline cubes, within which the skull is by implication inscribed, optically slice the golden configurations into shifting interplays of plans and elevations as the spectator moves past them.
... In imaging the brain by casting and modelling, Cattrell stands in a long line going back to Leonardo da Vinci, who cast the ventricles of an ox brain, believing that the fluid in the ventricles was the medium within which the mental faculties operated. "
(Professor Martin Kemp, Nature 2003, 424: p.18)

The anatomy of thought.
Collaboration with artist Annie Cattrell, Leverhulme Artist in residence at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 2003.

This 3D movie / animation shows the spatial segregation of the senses in the human brain: [senses 3.2Mb].

Gerningssted. Udstilling i Politigården. Billedhuggerskolen Charlottenborg & Arkitektskolen Kongens Nytorv. 1996

Træ, (rubinrød og sort) metal og glas, 210 x 210 x 120 cm

Morten Kringelbach
Katarina Lundeberg
Susanne Milne
Gitte Sommer

Scene of the crime. Exhibition at "Politigården" (National headquarters of the police) in connection with Copenhagen Cultural Capital'96. Project with participants from the School of Sculpture and the School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Arts.

Udsat for filtreringens tyngde
Kaster rummet skygger af fravær
Over erindringens labyrint,
Hvor den tabte tid udskriger
Den blodrøde hests smerte

Maskine og maske,
Blikkets metamorfoser

En forførelse under sjælens spejl
Udsat for dobbeltviolinens skingre dissonans.