Mind wandering is an event that seems so natural but so surprising and enigmatic when you pay attention to it. The poetics underlying this phenomenon is addressed in DEFAULT by Manuela Garretón -designer- and Tomás Ossandón -cognitive neuroscientist- and a diverse collaboration team. The result is an interactive installation that explores the dynamics of consciousness and memory by visualizing fMRI data. In this way, Sala Anilla in the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile) transforms into a brain which instead of showing its response to external stimuli, it focuses on that deceptive pleasure responsible for the greater mind lucidity.  

Alejandra Burotto |  Anilla MAC Curator

The brain never rests, and when it is not performing a specific task, it acquires great lucidity.

Default Stories is the first stage of this project and consists on a interactive web experience which narrates the most relevant concepts behind these neuroscientific novel findings.

Default is the result of a collaborative and interdisciplinary process and we have documented most of its development.

Manuela Garretón

Principal Investigator

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Tomas Ossandón

Principal Co-Investigator

Karina Hyland

Design research assistant

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Pablo Garretón

Music composition & Sound design

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Roy Macdonald

Visualization coding

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Benjamín Benavides

Interaction coding and implementation

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Esteban Sandoval

Interaction coding and implementation

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Paulina Vasconcelo

Design student intern

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