The image above won first prize in UCL’s Research Images competition “Research Images as Art – Art Images as Research”. The winner, Angeliki Malakasioti, is based at the Bartlett. Her project write up, which sounds fascinating, reads:
One can talk about an ‘ultrasound’ experience of the body, sensing details that are normally invisible, perceiving the inside, the visceral, the intimate…
My research deals with sensory deprivation in an isolation tank as a tool for questioning the body mechanisms behind spatial interpretation. The person undergoing this experience is having sensory impressions produced by the body itself, since his sensory mechanisms are ‘stretching out’ to find stumuli. I explore the altered states of consciousness that are experienced in this contradictory, ‘non-spatial’ space and the possible shifts of perception this might evoke.
In this image I explore how the body is projecting itself on space by making an allegory with the womb. Sensory data is travelling in the reverse through multiple umbilical cords, resulting in a developing sensation expanding into space.