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olaf mooij: braincar
aug 10, 2011
olaf mooij: braincar


the ‘braincar’ by olaf mooij
image © gé hirdes

‘braincar’ is a mobile sculpture created by rotterdam artist olaf mooij, featuring a large brain-like extrusion on the back
of a modified used car. by day, the vehicle captures and stores images and video from its travels. by night, this footage is remixed,
projected from within the brain sculpture and visible from the outside.

mooij’s body of work involves the alteration of motor vehicles, in pieces that express the nearly psychological connection
between drivers and their cars, or that convert vehicles into a kind of mobile sculpture architecture, as in ‘DJ mobile
or the sofa-like ‘chesterfield car’. with ‘braincar’, mooij questioned what it would be like if instead the car itself
could experience with a kind of consciousness its own passage through spacetime.


video of the ‘braincar’ ‘dreaming’ at night


3/4 rear view
image © olaf mooij


night view
image © olaf mooij


view of the ‘brain’ at night
image © uwe weber


additional night view
image © uwe weber


the car on the highway
image © eric fecken


design process: ‘braincar’ collage


design process: ‘braincar’ model


design process: computer renderings


building the ‘braincar’


shaping the brain


view of vehicle almost completed

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