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Monday, September 25, 2006

Neural Fibers


Sometimes it seems like the whole world has been knitted. When I'm bouncing around the internet, I often feel like that scene from the film version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the characters suddenly find themselves (and their surroundings) knitted. A wedding has been knitted, so has a coral bed, and cactus garden. Practically the entire human body has been knitted, notably hearts, embryos, and the entire digestive system. I can envision a dystopian knitted future where outlaws with reverse knitting needles create simulated "un-knit" objects as we used to know them.

Until that time, we can watch this Blade Runner scenario unfold bit by bit, taking notice when things like the Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art. The MOSAFBA is the brainchild (sorry, couldn't help myself) of William Harbaugh, a rogue economics professor at the University of Oregon. The museum's collection currently features three quilts with functional images from PET and fMRI scanning, a knitted brain, and two fabric pieces interpreting single neuron recording. Are you a maker of scientifically accurate fabric brain art? Make like the goddamned Bee Girl in that Blind Melon video, and get together with your own kind by emailing Mr. Harbaugh.

Link thanks, Clifton!