Me, Myself and MRI

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MRI 3D Video

This video shows Tajinder's brain in 3D. As you first enter the exhibition, all six of the display screens show these 3D videos of the participants' brains. There is no audio to accompany the MRI video - in the exhibition it is played with the audio portraits, found below.

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Photographic Portrait

In the exhibition these photographs are interspersed with MRI brain images and the video portrait. The pupils who worked with us on the project told photographer Kippa Matthews that they wanted the photographic portraits to show the subjects at work. Tajinder's portrait was therefore shot in a theatre, to highlight his work as a playwright and his involvement with Peshkar Theatre. Many thanks to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for giving us permission to do the shoot. The pupils also liked the idea of having a close up shot of each subject's eyes as the eyes can reveal a lot about how someone is feeling or what they are thinking...

(c) Kippa Matthews 2009

(c) Kippa Matthews 2009

(c) Kippa Matthews 2009

(c) Kippa Matthews 2009
 

MRI brain images

These images were all created from the MRI data captured during Tajinder's scan.

Axial scan image (colour setting = NIH)

T1 scan image (colour setting = Black Body)

Axial scan image
 

Video Portrait

There is no audio to accompany the video portrait - in the exhibition it is played with the audio portraits, found below. Many thanks to Chris Nriapia, Manager of the BBC Big Screens in Yorkshire, for permitting us to use the BBC Big Screen in Bradford to shoot the video.

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Audio Portrait

This first clip is the background audio track for Tajinder's portrait. This is the track that is played when there is no-one interacting with the portrait and can be heard constantly, in conversation with the other five backing tracks. The mechanical noises you can hear in the background are some of the sounds made by the MRI scanner.


This second clip is the audio track that you hear as you move in front of Tajinder's portrait. The motion sensor detects your presence and the main audio portrait track starts to play. Again, you can hear the sounds of the MRI scanner in the background and you can also hear a melody, written by Damian Murphy and tuned to the musical key of the MRI scanner itself.


You can find a transcript of Tajinder's audio portrait at the top right of this page.