The project was initiated by art and technology group London Fieldworks.
Gustav Metzger was asked to participate in the work as a ‘neurophysiological trigger’, setting the manufacturing of the object into motion via his EEG while attempting to think about nothing.
This data was then fed to a manufacturing robot, which carved the Null Object sculpture out of a piece of Portland Stone.
The result is a brain-like object, dotted with crystalline, ovoid shapes. Metzger’s empty brain.
The project is being exhibited at London’s Work Gallery, and an accompanying book features further explorations of emptiness, including novelist Hari Kunzru on nothingness as a productive category, and Bronac Ferran on ‘the radical consequences of emptiness’.
Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks About Nothing, is at Work Gallery, 10a Acton Street, London WC1X, until 9 February 2013.