Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing


Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing


24 × 18 cm | 7 × 9.5 in
68 ills | 96 pages

Editors: Bruce Gilchrist, Jo Joelson

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Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing charts the collaboration between London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) and internationally celebrated artist Gustav Metzger to create a sculptural work by linking a brain–computer interface with industrial manufacturing technology.

Null Object discusses a project in which London Fieldworks produced 3D shape information from EEG readings of Metzger’s brainwaves as he attempted to think about nothing. This data was translated into instructions for a manufacturing robot, which carved out the shapes from the interior of a block of stone to create a void space.

The book includes an introduction by the artists, a text by Gustav Metzger and four contextualising essays by Bronac Ferran, Hari Kunzru, Nick Lambert and Christopher Tyler. These leading writers across the fields of literature, art, science and technology explore the diverse historical and conceptual grounding for and broader implications of the production process.

Null Object coincided with an exhibition at WORK Gallery, which ran from 30 November 2012 until 9 February 2013.