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(detail) digital drawing
Thoughts move through our neural networks as little spikes of chemistry-induced electricity. Like pinballs bouncing from bumper to bumper; these spikes connect the most subtle of patterns, memories that traverse the small world linkages of our brain, axon to dendrite, axon to dendrite. We hear the buzz of a bee on a dry summer day and feel sad. Why is that? This work is computational, exploring and visualizing topographies of networks that model the structure of our brains and the structure of our culture. Parsing a network from source to target, is all about finding our way—from problem to solution, from person to person, from here to home. We find our way through a small world, a network of incestuous links and a little randomness. It's pathfinding through myriad maps. And as behavior follows structure, it's not surprising that the intricacies of our lives mirror the filagreed arbors of our neural forests.