sentient (being)

Installation, 2010


Photo by Peter Kainz


One barely notices the phase between sleep and wakefulness.

Experiences of the last dream may still have an effect, bits of information, still lingering from the hours before falling asleep, fade away.

For the installation sentient (being) a physiological rhythm measured during that phase is being transferred onto an object, seemingly bringing it to life.

– Laura Skocek, 2010


Material and room concept in cooperation with Lena Schwentenwein



We live in the age of the quantified self. Physiological data is recorded over periods of time, the evaluation and interpretation is done by machines.

Electroencephalography and imaging methods are used to measure patterns in brain activity during cognitive processes or affective states. Bionic limbs, deemed Science Fiction not so long ago, can be controlled via EEG-based technology.

The translation of thoughts into the physical world seems to be close at hand.

How does an object behave that is being fed with data derived from brain activity measurement results?

The installation sentient (being) is a result of artistic research delving into that question.

Knitted tubes in combination with modular parts made of steel wire shape an irregularly textured, dynamic body that is adapted to the Schauraum Angewandte. The motion dynamics are algorithmically arranged impulses, derived from measurements of a physiological rhythm.

Laura Skocek went to a sleep lab in order to identify her cognitive imprint during the phase between sleep and wakefulness.


August, 5th- September, 25th 2010, 10am – 10pm,

Angewandte Showroom, MQ Vienna, Electric Avenue

Finissage: Sept. 23rd, 19h


sponsored by TU Graz E-Power Racing



Flickr Set


Thanks to: Robert Brenn, Wolfgang Fiel, Christoph Gruber, Hedy Howe, Lydia Lindner, Christian Löw, Lukas Raschendorfer, Laura Russo, Ruth Schnell, Veronika Schnell, Senf TV, Robert Skocek, Doris Skocek, Verena Skocek and many more

Schauraum Digitale Kunst

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