Imagining Thought in Digital Space: 3D printed thoughts

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