Alien Hand Syndrome and Digital Biology Institute

  • “The Institute for Digital Biology researches next steps in the evolution of the internet, where websites and services develop into living creatures.” This scenario lived in the mind of Walewijn den Boer, graduated from KABK in 2010. During the exhibition, visitors were able to feed a colony of microscopical pop-up creatures, save Chinese websites from a pageview-shortage, preserve an Amazone tribe from extinction by subscribing to its homepage and view a short documentary on how the living internet established itself.(tags: institute biology scenario bioart)
  • Karen’s problem was caused by a power struggle going on inside her head. A normal brain consists of two hemispheres which communicate with each other via the corpus callosum. The left hemisphere, which controls the right arm and leg, tends to be where language skills reside. The right hemisphere, which controls the left arm and leg, is largely responsible for spatial awareness and recognising patterns.
    Usually the more analytical left hemisphere dominates, having the final say in the actions we perform.
    The discovery of hemispherical dominance has its roots in the 1940s, when surgeons first decided to treat epilepsy by cutting the corpus callosum. After they had recovered, the patients appeared normal. But in psychology circles they became legends.
    That is because these patients would, in time, reveal something that to me is truly astonishing – the two halves of our brains each contain a kind of separate consciousness. Each hemisphere is capable of its own independent will.
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