Lebina – The corpus callosum (CC) is right at the centre of the brain. It is a bridge made up of millions of well aligned nerve fibres that pass and carry information across the two hemispheres of our brain. The width of nerve fibres vary but are approximately 1000 times smaller than the thickness of your hair!
The width of the fibres is directly proportional to the speed of the information transfer. Estimating the width may assist in diagnosis and understanding of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease where the fibres tend to shrink. I use a MRI technique called diffusion MRI to probe the CC and a mathematical model to predict the width of the fibres.
India – Both weaver and scientist are battling with new ideas using old technology. So a common language has been found somewhere in the middle of these not so dissimilar worlds.
The frustratingly pixelated axons of Lebina’s research, normally stretched between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, have now been warped across a loom, and woven together to create a tangible corpus callosum.
The warp is ‘Tubular Crin’- a modern synthetic fibre that expands and contracts. It originates from ‘Crinoline’, a stiffened horsehair fabric popularised through the widening hemlines that were of fashion in 1882 Europe when Nikola Tesla discovered the Rotating Magnetic Field (later to become Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
Tesla’s discovery and the ‘invisible’ textile technology have met again in this century to explore movement, shape and size. The developing language between artist and scientist has become a playful process of materials research and evidence gathering, as part of a community that’s exploring new knowledge together.