Brain of the Artist, 1998–2012
Acrylate, conductive silver
5.12 x 4.72 x 6.69 inch
13 x 12 x 17 cm each
No. 1: Collection of the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
This sculpture is the result of a longer collaboration between the artist and the brain researcher Prof. Dr. Rainer Goebel from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/Main. The title arises because it is an authentic replica of Hendricks‘ brain. It is made of acrylate and was built at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen as a stereo lithograph. It is probably the first time that it has been possible to convert the data set of a brain obtained in magnetic resonance imaging into stereometry and thus, as far as we know, for the first time to create an authentic and precise replica of the brain of a living person.