olaf mooij: braincar
olaf mooij: braincar 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


  • interesting

    Darija S.H. says:
  • can you say “Ant Farm”?

    dbkii says:
  • Loco boys… happyness

    riccardo says:
  • disappointing use of money time and energy. For what?

    charles says:
  • Fantastic!
    Our world needs more art cars! More art cars! More art cars!

    C. Bouzide says:
  • This baby needs to go to Burning Man!

    Miel says:
  • years ago i saw at an international big contemporary art fair in a europe’s capital, an artist who did the same thing but putting hair instead of the brain in some cars. I don’t remember the name of that artist but it’s possible a world known

    osospeludos says:
  • it looks very smart.
    a smart car i guess..

    drive says:
  • Olaf Mooij exhibits at [url=http://www.carartfestival.nl] Car Art festival [/url] in september.

    Repro Bob says:
  • fun!
    …& questioning though.
    “my car” is probably (one of) the dumbest area of a man’s brain.

    (charles, what a bitter & boring dude u must be. for what?)

    buzzoff says:

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