Richard Ansett


Image_3604, Woman with Electrode Cap #1, Cambridge University, UK © Richard Ansett

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

A Phenomenological Head

‘Woman in Electrode Cap #1’ is an illustration of the engagement of an elderly subject with EEG technology as part of an investigation into the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at Cambridge University. The EEG result, like an image formed by a camera is a record of her engagement with reality. The electrical brain impulses in response to stimuli transformed into the line on a graph and the order of pixels of an image are both forms of autobiography.

Woman in Electrode Cap as an image in its nature is paradoxically a prelude to any engagement with the world and therefore it. This image is an observation of the subject as observer.