“Celestial Brainstorm” is a large-scale interactive illuminated sculptural object.  A rotating lantern mimics the lanterns found in children’s bedrooms at night. Just as these are intended to keep darkness at bay and create a sense of safety, this project banishes darkness, and flickering lights fill the darkest moments of the night. The term ‘brainstorm’, used in English to describe a seizure, has also historically been used to mean a period of intense thought or creativity. In “Celestial Brainstorm” these meanings are combined to explore attitudes towards disability, highlighting the positive creative expression that can emerge from a disruptive experience, particularly the disruptive brain patterns that cause epileptic seizures as electrical impulses surge unpredictably through the brain.

“Celestial Brainstorm” premiered at the tenth-anniversary festival of “Lumiere Durham” in 2019.