press release

Deborah Aschheim´s work consists of site-specific installation based on the intersection of neurobiology, architecture, and surveillance equipment. Her recent work has modeled neural systems literally as cognitive networks, and metaphorically as structures for considering the intersection of perception, consciousness, culture, and technology. She will be creating a site-specific installation at the Museum. The installation, Neural Architecture, at Laguna Art Museum from March 14-July 5, 2004, is based on the structure of the cerebral cortex, and the immersive sculptural environment the responds to each viewer‚s approach. The installation appears to „synapse‰ with the gallery‚s existing motion sensors and security devices, and quietly highlights the building‚s surveillance of its occupants. This installation is part of a series of traveling, mutating, adaptive site-specific installations. For this installation, the neural network will have evolved to include optical devices/capabilities. It continues to evolve with each appearance across the United States.

Aschheim received a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the studio art department at the University of California, Irvine. During the past decade, she has created installations for various group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Europe.

A color catalogue will be produced for the exhibition. For more information about book purchases, please call Laguna Art Museum 949.494.8971 extension 206. Major support provided by Yasuko and John Bush. Additional support provided by The Durfee Foundation, [seven degrees], Laguna Beach, and Johanna and Gene Felder. Further support was provided by Light Bulbs, Etc., Sharon and Roger Vail, and Meg Linton. Pressetext

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Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building)