2014 Toward a Science of Consciousness

The Tucson Conference

Art-Technology Exhibits


Sylvie  Herrouet

Freedom Laboratory, The Liberator Power of The Virtual Thought

A modified version

to be assembled in Tucson


Freedom Laboratory: The Liberator Power of The Virtual Thought. An Immersive Installation: Between Art, Neurosciences and Buddhism

This immersive installation of twelve meters long and three meters large made of white, light and translucent material, invites us to walk inside the convolutions of the brain, within the organic matter containing all the liberating alchemy of the neurons. The supposed transformation of our consciousness takes place both inside the organic incarnation, submitted to the law of gravity, and in the virtual thinking as the results from the will to extirpate yourself of this gravitational heaviness. After taking off our shoes, we penetrate into the structure, walk through the convolutions, touching them while videos of nervous cells are projected inside. The very small landscape of nervous cells looks like the macro world of planets, galaxies as a psychoactive multicolored cocktail enables ourself to experience alternative realities, who influences the emotions and the mental representations . Scientists often thought than the paradigm of rationality is generally assumed to be independent of emotional thinking. But evidences are accumulating in the cognitive psychology and neurosciences, evidences that emotions and rational thinking are closely intertwined. The role of emotions is to regulate the adaptive control, and help the competence in a self-regulatory architecture. But the question is: how to extirpate from this heaviness, the one of these organic nervous cells, when destructive 'motions' can't permit a open minded view of life? Proposing a patch to experiment the three Buddhist concepts of interdependence, impermanence and vacuity, a different way of view for a transformative state of consciousness is suggested : this one of a more holistic consciousness of our existence. Three paintings made with mixed material invite us to imagine the three states of the consciousness: The interdependence of the neurons with all the possible links we could imagine, the impermanence with all the constant changes of the links, and the vacuity with the chemical and electrical phenomena. As a laboratory where we can examine all these phenomena of consciousness, these paintings are like large-scales of microscopic views under glass. To the question how not to be lost in the labyrinth of our convolutions, a fine red link like the Ariadne's thread symbolizes a possible way. This way which is only a point of view, is at the end of the installation, represented as the painting of the Himalaya on a pinhead; it has been made with a single hair of a brush. The exercise is very difficult because the only way to paint the infinity on a such small space, is to control one's breath, meditating. This work invites to meditation as a way towards consciousness.


Sylvie  Herrouet born Paris in 1965 from french mother and egyptian father. Her Artwork explores the world of the brain  with an infinity of  artistic medium : installations, sculptures, vidéos, drawings, paintings, and mixed media. Each work focuses  about  the  social, political or individual consciousness.  She divides her time between her Artistic activity, Teaching, Writing about Psychology of Art  and Artherapy. « All my work speaks about the causes and the results of psychic traumas, in the organic brain, but also in the individual, social and politic life » Eivlys Terr studied Applied Art, (Interior Architecture) in the National University of Madrid in Spain, then worked as an Interior Designer in Paris for ten years. Ater studying  Cognitive /Clinical psychology and   visual Arts at the universities of Sorbonne and Nanterre in Paris, she became an Artherapist for adult, children and teenagers in Mental Health Institutes.

Freedom Laboratory, is the meeting point of these various experiences, taking form in an immersive installation, which invites the audience to walk inside the convolutions of the brain, for an initiatory journey.
The artist conceives a whole progress, which leads to the consciousness.00