Despite opposing discoveries in neuroscience the common conviction exists that human activity is governed by the structure and functioning of the brain. In transplantation theory the transplantation of a brain of Person A into the body of Person B is understood to result in a new body for Person A, not a new brain for Person B; this turns the brain into the ultimate seat of the self.
New theories around neuroplasticity, however, suggest the opposite: the brain is not an organ that only works top-to-down, but is actively sculpted by its environment.
A newly invented device, the PoNS™, which is used to heal traumatic brain injuries, led to the discovery, that the brain can be entirely rewired via electrical stimulation of the tongue.
Using film and text as a medium a disembodied tongue transgresses between the human and non-human. Disconnected from the brain and thereby detached from its function as a solely executing tool, it becomes the vessel for a language of the ‘Other’ through a process of possession; a language which is able to express aspects of a self that have been hidden from its carrier, the human.
Sound: Sam Conran
LED Programming: Vincent Rebers
Electronics: Laurence Symonds