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Anna-Luise Lorenz

MA work

Despite new theories in neuroscience a common conviction exists that human activity is governed by the structure and functioning of the brain. In transplantation theory the transplantation of a brain of Person A into the body of Person B is understood to result in a new body for Person A, not a new brain for Person B; this turns the brain into the ultimate seat of the Self.

New theories around neuroplasticity, however, suggest the opposite: the brain is not an organ that only works top-to-down, but instead is actively transformed through its environment.

A device invented in the late 2000's, the PoNS™, which is used to heal chronic neurological symptoms of disease or trauma, led to the discovery, that the brain can be entirely rewired via electrical stimulation of the tongue. 

In this short film a disembodied tongue functions as a vessel to transgress between the human and the non-human. Disconnected from the brain and thereby detached from its function as a solely executing tool, the tongue becomes the carrier of a hybrid language of the 'Other' through a process of possession; a language which unveils aspects of a Self that has been hidden from everyday social context.

This animation is accompanied by a short story displayed on LED panels in a light well.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2016

  • I see the function of speculative design and art as a tool for channeling imagination to create parallel spheres of reality that emancipate us from a world that we all agreed on, synchronized by knowledge and created by those who are in power: natural sciences, capitalism, tech reviews. 

    My research interest lies in thinking beyond the scope of human logic. The anomalies of empiricism and rationalism, the paradoxical, the impossible and the failed offer me space to explore the dogmatic nature and the fragility of the vocabulary we use to describe reality — not so much by realising who we already are, but  by creating new relations and actualizations.

    My practice usually results in works of film and spoken word, however expands also beyond those mediums. 

  • Degrees

  • Diploma Degree, Communication Design, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, 2010; Exchange Programme, Type Design and Typography, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design Prague, 2007/08
  • Experience

  • Workshop, Unrealities, Parallel School, Glasgow, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, 2016; Medialexicon: Faux Friends, Telep, Budapest, 2016; Interim Show, RCA, 2016; Jaw versus Eye Attack, Vierte Welt, Berlin, 2015; two hundred acres, Pump House Gallery, London, 2015; Science of Fiction, USC Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, 2014; Buy, Buy, Buy put it down, London Design Festival, 2014; Out of Stasis (Justifiable Versions of Catastrophe), Acud Gallery, Berlin, 2014; School of Tomorrow Archive, Swiss Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2014; Urban Explorers Media Art Festival, Dordrecht, 2013; Localize Media Arts Festival, Potsdam, 2011; Emergeandsee Media Arts Festival, Berlin, 2010; lab30 Media Arts Festival, Augsburg, 2010