MRI technology reveals the unseeable – a non-invasive method for exploring the very nature of the self.

Advances in technology mean that each year we are able to reveal more and more detail.

This series of works highlight the tentative relationship between the seen and unseen. I have given the data a physical form, the connections of the brain cast as solid coloured wires, quite unlike the squishy jelly of our real cortex.

I have juxtaposed this rigidity with glass and light, at once revealing and distorting the structures within.

Impossible objects
inspired by unseeable structures
revealed through science.

This work was developed as part of the CUBRIC New Signals project, from Cardiff University and the National Microstructural Imaging Facility and EPSRC.

CUBRIC supplied me with a 100,000 fibre tractography model of a human subject, these renders were created using a sampling from this data.

The Left Hemisphere

This is a map of the left hemisphere of the brain, seen through the lens of a 17th Century Explorer.

I have taken the broad functional areas of the left hemisphere of the brain and drawn them as separate continents, as if driven apart by shifting tectonic plates. These continents contain settlements and features with names inspired by the functions found in each particular brain area.

Covering subjects as diverse as optical illusions, children’s games, cognitive scientists, literary theorists, poets, rappers, facial expressions, philosophers, cocktails, neurological disorders and religions, this map illustrates the inherent difficulty in using our limited human mental faculties to describe the activities of the 86 billion neurons which make up a brain.

There’s a lot going on in this work, so I built a special website to explain it all. Click Here to explore.


John Higgs is a troublemaker.

Not in the usual sense – he doesn’t go around picking fights or starting fires, but he does have the habit of introducing people to chaotic ideas and that can be troublesome.

Chaotic ideas have a tendency to incubate and grow until you find yourself in all sorts of unexpected places.

Someone needs to be held accountable – and that someone is John Higgs.

This t-shirt is in recognition of all the ridiculous wayward paths the bugger has sent us down.

So, when you find yourself in a bizarre / perplexing / challenging / terrifying / hilarious situation way outside your comfort zone, it’s probably right to #BLAMEHIGGS.

Hail Eris!

Available to buy here, for £23, obviously: #BLAMEHIGGS t-shirt