Imagining Thought in Digital Space: 3D printed thoughts

In this paper, I explore the history of Thought as a
theoretical domain that has been, and still is, expressed
through images. I survey the scientific legacy of
photography and brain–computer interface (BCI) as it
has been expressed through culture in images, art and
science fiction. The scientific framework scaffolds the
practice-based research in which I aim to represent
thoughts as data into a three-dimensional (3D) digital
space, culminating in the major body of work
Thoughtforms: 3D printed thoughts.
The aim of the project is to visually represent and
characterise forms of thought by recording brainwave
data captured from a mobile electroencephalograph
(EEG) device. I show how thoughts, as units of
information, are coded and decoded, and interpreted
through digital imaging and 3D printing. Through this
project, I was able to collect a dataset of over 200
digital thought forms which enabled me to identify and
classify “shapes” of thoughts corresponding to
representations of mental states.
My practice is positioned within a technology-driven
society saturated with information networks, consumer
data-tracking devices and biometrics profiling systems
and the untiring determination of art and science
continuing to explore the unknown.