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Confluence of Art and Neuroscience: BigBrain-Inspired Art by OHBM 2023 Prize Winner Celesti Kozub

By Kimberley Lothmann, Susanne Wenzel

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) is known for its annual conference, where scientists and researchers from around the world present innovative research and technologies in the field of neuroscience. However, one notable break from the usual scientific talks and presentations is the annual BrainArt Competition hosted by the Brain-Art Special Interest Group since 2019. This makes OHBM not only a showcase for world-class neuroscience, but also for the fusion of art and science. In this year’s BrainArt Competition, artist Celesti Kozub's interpretation of the BigBrain slices "The Brain is Wider Than The Sky" was awarded first place in the public vote.

As an artistic visionary, Celesti has creatively blurred the lines between art and neuroscience, transforming scientific data into compelling art. Her creative installation is a hypnotic interpretation of the brain and its infinite complexity. Celesti's work is a tribute to everyone involved with the BigBrain - past, present, and future. Everyone who has or will touch this work of art pledges to remember the life of the brain donor - and to honor his gift - to honor the work of those who created and shared the 3D brain model with the world, and to celebrate the dedication of the diverse communities who use the BigBrain, Celesti describes her artwork [2023 BrainArt Competition].

The Brain is Wider Than The Sky by Celesti Kozub

The Brain - is wider than the sky - An interpretation of BigBrain sections with semi-precious stones. Celesti's work won the audience with its ability to translate the complexity of the brain into a visually appealing yet lyrical form. As a winner of the OHBM 2023 BrainArt competition, she will surely be making a name for herself in the world of art and neuroscience. Her unique approach to translating scientific knowledge into works of art has the potential to revolutionize the way we understand the brain and its functions.

The title is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson and emphasizes the limitless imagination and complexity of the human mind. It can be understood as a call to recognize the brain's incredible capacity for imagination, deep thinking, and grasping complex ideas. It reminds us that the inner worlds within our minds are as amazing and profound as the infinite universe, and it invites us to reflect on the vastness of human thought.

"The Brain is Wider Than The Sky," is a thought-provoking representation of the limitless possibilities of the human mind and its connection to the surrounding world. We look forward to Celesti's innovative work and how she will shape the intersection of art and neuroscience in the future.

Artist Celesti Kozub in front of the largest installation: a full BigBrain slice interpreted with semi-precious stones