Noor Stenfert Kroese
Fotograaf: Bas de Brouwer
'Essence in between'
‘Connectome’ is a sensory interactive installation. Noor Stenfert Kroese coloborates for this installation with the musicians from VRUKT as part of their graduation from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. The installation is based on neuroscientific research of the Connectome: the complete map of all neural connections in our brain. We do not know yet for sure what the information of these connections includes. Neuroscientists have speculated that maybe your memories are stored in the connections between your brainís neurons. And perhaps other aspects of your personal identity, such as your personality and your intellect, they could also be encoded in the connections between your neurons. The information that makes you, you.
During your life your personal identity changes slowly. Likewise, every connectome changes over time. But what kinds of changes happen? Neurons grow, like trees, new branches, and they can lose old ones. Synapses can be created, and they can be eliminated. And synapses can grow larger, and they can grow smaller, and in between there are thousands/millions of signals jumping.
Neuroscientist have a lot of evidence that neural activity is encoding our thoughts, feelings and perceptions; our mental experiences. The neural activity can cause your connections to change. And if you put those two facts together, it means that your experiences can change your connectome. The essence of us humans could be stored in a changing connection wich makes our ‘being’ a moving thing. ‘Connectome’ is an embodied experiences between humans’ conscious and unconscious choices.
zonder jou geen ik
zonder jullie geen wij
(vrij naar Hegel)