What does your brain look like? If you talk to a neuro-scientist you'd get one perspective, a biologist would give you another. Douglas Coupland would offer a personal aesthetic view of his own brain. Coupland is probably best known for his writing but art has always been a part of his creative arsenal. For a retrospective he created a room filled with 5,000 objects he collected over 20 years and carefully arranged in a masterwork called The Brain. Coupland is a collector, maybe even a bit of an obsessive one and the articles he put together aren't random, they are carefully curated ojects that offer insight in to his personality, likes, desires and drives. The layout of the items was designed to represent the contents and organization of Coupland's physical brain, not that the viewer would necessarily know that. Humour is a big part of it-with pieces like Seat of Consciousness (“the elusive site of self-reflexive awareness that scientists have yet to pinpoint”).
Coupland has been writing a lot about the effect of technology the “new neural reality,” and the technology that “relentlessly colonizes the planet and our brains.” One of Coupland's big themes is that the Internet has deleted the idea that our lives our made up of stories and instead is now made up of tasks and that we need to consider how we are to restructure our lives in light of that. He also said the nostalgia for the 20th century brain won't do you any good--couldn't agree more.