Is the mind map a kind of auto representation of the thought itself an instantiation of thoughts made into "thingness"? Does it unlock new forms and conditions for thought and the imagination? Thoughts interfacing with each other along distributed epistemic networks are for Neidich poetic couplings between brain, mind, and world.
"I am blind folded, a black silk scarf cloaks my eyes pressing my eye lids tightly against my globes. I am spun around and around by my assistant. All of sudden for no apparent reason my motion is stopped. That is my sign to walk forward, which I do with my arm extended in front of me until I feel the wall. It is at that moment that my blind-fold is removed! I find my self confronted at close range by a series of words and coloured lines. I am reading Extensive Culture and slightly above Intensive culture which are connected by a series of bidirectional arrows. I step back and realize, with of course some help form my memory since I was the one that drew this drawing in the first place, that I am situated in the midst of my Cultured Brain Drawing which I first began in 1999 and now has mutated into an organic amoeba like entity with multiple pseudo-pods with words like architecture, design, painting, performance and so on labelling them. All around are free floating coloured lines that stretch and bend around corners or joining points of the floor and wall, the wall and ceiling or the two walls that form the north and east surfaces of my studio"
(Warren Neidich, Bedeutung Magazine #2, October, 2008, pages 84-94)
To visualize a brainstorm through diagrams is a proven strategy to generate innovative thinking. It is able to catalyze the production of new knowledge systems, previously unavailable to thought. Like the well-known French philosopher Gilles Deleuze states in his book, Francis Bacon, the logic of Sensation, "The diagram is indeed a chaos, a catastrophe but it is also a germ of order or rhythm. It is a violent chaos in relation to the figurative givens, but it is a germ of rhythm in relation to the new order of the painting. As Bacon says, it “unlocks areas of sensation.” Then what of the Mindmap. Does it unlock new forms and conditions for thought and the imagination? Is the mind map a kind of auto representation of the thought itself an instantiation of thoughts made into "thingness"? Thoughts interfacing with each other along distributed epistemic networks are for Neidich poetic couplings between brain, mind, and world.
Within the gallery space of ’production label’ Onomatopee, Warren Neidich will give rise to the landscape of a brainstorm. He will produce a totally projected assemblage of a drawing history the end point which manifested itself as a stage set in his studio at the IASPIS residency program creating a contained dynamic zone in between the visual and analytic whatever that style of analysis might be, where he made the performance "Some cursory comments on the nature of my wall drawing", 2008.
Onomatopee published a book covering the entire trajectory of his drawing project. Beginning with his early descriptive drawings of his Cultured Brain Model made from 1999-2002, moving on to the incorporation of the illustrations of his Becoming Earthling Project, 2004-2006 and finishing with his model of how the power art can sculpt Neural Network architectures as a form of resistance, Resistance is Futile, Resistance is Fertile, 2005 -2007. Neidich: his endeavor wherein he investigates the extent of ’Neuropower’.
Essays by Lia Gangitano, Director of Participant Inc. and Curatorial Advisor PS 1-MOMA and Sven-Olaf Wallenstein, philosopher and editor of the arts journal Site will join a transcript of a recorded IASPIS performance of Warren Neidich, foreword by Freek Lomme, curator and writer, NL.
An aftermath essay by Warren can be downloaded here