Reconfiguring Memory with Galaxy Glass & Stone ® at NYU’s Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory

The New York University research laboratory located in the center for Neural Science features a unique meeting space that reflects its culture of innovation and inspiration. Showcased within is a fascinating art project by internationally recognized artist Shuli Sadé entitled Encode/Decode. Made up of three inter-related art pieces, Reconfiguring Memory consists of Encode/Decode, Traces and Remapping, all created by Sadé to serve the Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory.

Encode/Decode is a spectacular conference table art piece that is the result of a two-year collaboration between Artist, Shuli Sadé, Dr. André Fenton, Professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University and Galaxy Glass & Stone®.

This 15 x 5 foot conference table which weighed in at a half ton was fully fabricated by Galaxy® and serves as a representation of the state-of-the art understanding of memory and its expression. The Encode/Decode conference table is comprised of 32 photographic panel fragments of a single photograph featuring a New York City nightscape. Also incorporated in the photograph are urban and natural visual textures. Sadé digitally removed pixels from the photograph, signifying the stochastic loss and gain of information that is fundamental to memory storage. Architectural elements appear as immunoblots, a biochemical research technique that is routinely used for revealing the molecules that store and regulate memory. Striping in the images resembles the raster displays used to represent electrical discharge of neurons within brain networks.

Galaxy Glass & Stone® manufactured the finished table as a 25 mm (1”) thick Galaxy® UL Silkglas 500™ Custom Laminated Glass Composite that encapsulates the digital film interlayer. The table was constructed in four sections which were assembled and installed onsite. In order to mitigate the uneven distribution of the weight, Galaxy ® engineered a custom stainless steel, satin finish support structure, which included a column enclosing base, spine, and fully welded outrigger arms. The table was then anchored into the concrete sub-floor. Hidden in the base are wiremold raceways which support built-in lighting as well as power and data outlets. Another notable feature is the highly polished edge work, something Galaxy ® is well known for within the A & D community.

“The laboratory will serve as a space for communication between scientists, international and local guests.” explains Fenton, a professor in NYU’s Center for Neural Science. “We believe that Encode/Decode serves a fundamental need in the Center for Neural Science as a central meeting point of the Fenton Laboratory and will allow for exchanging , creating and refining critical ideas that will lead to innovative programs and projects and breakthroughs. The intent is to mix and art piece and a functional conference table and build laboratory culture infrastructure that broadcasts to all, our respect and continuous promotion of intellectual exchange, debate, and discovery.” stated André A. Fenton PH.D. and Shuli Sadé.

Photography and design by Sadé studio – http://www.shulisade.com/#!gallery1/c1w1e

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