Liou Jawshing Arthur
Sonnet 27 is inspired by the scientific research regarding the brain's ability to produce the chemicals that bind to the same receptors as does marijuana.
These receptors are involved in certain crucial cognitive functions, including our ability to learn, control emotions, and mitigate traumatic memories. The video installation alludes to the pre-historical contact between human and marijuana.
Aside from the simulated cave painting and a Neolithic child, the shifting scenery between brain cells and dramatic landscape creates impressions of distant memories and altered streams of consciousness.
In addition, Sonnet 27 is a result of a crosssectorial collaboration. The stereo sound effect is composed by the musician Melody Eötvös, and the microscopic neuron images are captured by scientists Dr. Alex Straiker and Jim Powers.