Pleasure/Pain artwork


Rapid prototyped sls on a mirrored plinth

The latest collaborative artwork from neuroscientist Morten Kringelbach and artist Annie Cattrell reveals – and revels in – sensory dialogues in the brain… Their new sculpture Pleasure/Pain – which I deliberately attribute to both of them – models the structural connections of a small region in the brainstem, the periaqueductal grey, as revealed by a method of magnetic resonance imaging called diffusion tensor imaging. The piece explores the links that might be activated during sensations of pleasure and pain.
… Cattrell and Kringelbach are telling us that art can be as rationally founded as Renaissance theorists insisted, and that science can be as suggestively open as the act of looking itself. ”
(Professor Martin Kemp, Nature 2010, 465: p.265)