In their suspended installation A.N.N., Péter Koros and Réka Magyar (Koros Design) use moving light to visualise a process that is similar to brain activity.
'A.N.N.' stands for ‘artificial neural network’, software that, just like our brain, receives, processes and transmits information in electric signals, from neuron to neuron within a network. Since they learn through the presentation of examples and are extremely good at recognising patterns, ANN’s are used in speech recognition, self-driving cars and personalised filters on social media. They are basically an extension of our own nervous system, and while they might not be very well known, they are a very influential medium in our world today.
You can see Kóros and Magyar’s artwork as an enlargement of this microscopic system in our brain or in a computer, but also as a miniaturisation of a similar system that operates on a much larger scale, namely the cosmic web. The clusters of galaxies in our universe are actually connected via invisible, elongated ‘fibres’ of hydrogen gas to create a web of sorts. Interestingly enough, these structures are only visible when a bright light shines on them – just like the software that illuminates the workings of the brain.