Laura K I K A U K A Laura Kikauka, Hairbrain 2000 (seen here with optional Cyborg-Gone- Rong costume), life-sized metal harness, colander, electric circuit triggered by ball-bearings, 48 electromagnets, battery pack, 1993. (Photo: Gordon Monahan) The Hairbrain 2000 "helmet" consists of a welding mask with a viewing compartment mounted directly in front of the eyes. Inside this compartment, fuzzy ball-bearings roll on top of a self-etched electrical circuit. When the participant moves his or her head, the bearings make contact with the circuit etchings, producing sparks and triggering 48 electromechanical relays. The relays produce clunky clicking sounds controlled by the participantÍs head movement. Sometimes technology takes on an extreme form of the absurd---in this context, virtual reality is more like ritual virility. (Laura Kikauka, Funny Farm East, Gethsemanestr. 8, 10437 Berlin, Germany) For more images by Laura Kikauka, see the print journal L E O N A R D O Vol. 29, No. 1 (1996), available from the MIT Press (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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