Rosalie D. Gagné

Red encantada/Réseau
La Clinica, Mexico D.F. 2011
Galerie B-312, Montreal, 2012

Realized in the course of  a 3 months residency in Mexico city, this responsive installation is inspired by a famous metaphor for the brain.  Invented by the pioneering neuroscientist Charles S. Sherrington, in which he poetically describes his conception of what happens in the cerebral cortex during arousal from sleep: The great topmost sheet of the mass, that where hardly a light had twinkled or moved, becomes now a sparkling field of rhythmic flashing points with trains of traveling sparks hurrying hither and thither. The brain is waking and with it the mind is returning. It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns.[1]

Sherrington, C.S. (1942). Man on his nature. Cambridge University Press. p. 178