Have you ever imagined having an Analog Brain?


​The brain is amazing beyond our imagination, and more complex than we can imagine too. While I am usually prodding the viewer to think deeply on other matters, here I confront you with the idea of an analog brain, by materializing the notion of a motorhead. If you did not have the miracle that is your living ever changing nueral network that is contained within your brain. you might hope to have this amazing piece of machinery behind your decision process. Following is a description;

Supercharged 427 Ford Top Fuel Dragster Engine by Liberty Classics. 8000 Hp drag racing engine--highly detailed GMC blower case includes real compressinn springs & bolts that can be seen just below the front case cover. Real chrome plated blower scoop complete with butterfly vanes & spring linkage. Nitro methane & fuel hoses--ribbed blower belt turns the blower, crankshaft & idler pulleys. Heavy duty fuel fuel pump w/high pressure fuel line. Heavy duty racing distributor & magneto. Heavy duty ignition wiring, hollow tube exhaust pipes


Analog Brain 1: Homage to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth                Analog Brain 2
Resin, Plastic, Metal                                                                Resin, Plastic, Metal
7"x7"x7" in a 10" diameter Glass Dome                                Housed in 12"x12" Glass Dome

Analog Brain 1: Homage to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

Analog Brain 2

Mounted securely and integrated woth the cranium, the distributor of this engine acts rightfully so as a third eye, while the blower belt and pullys can easily explain why you have sinus problems.

Looking at the mechanical computer, we can give thnks for both the advances in elctronics and semiconductors, as well as the unimaginable leap to our own brains.

The piece also speaks to the huge love many humans have for motors, or cars in general. To this end the piece pays Homage to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Big Daddy is the first of my two artistic illegitamite fathers. His custom cars were beyond the dreams of all car bulders and spoke to the dreamer in me. It was not surprising that I later found Big Daddy was called the Salvador Dali of car desigers. 

Analog Brain 2


While analog Brain 1 put out 8000hp it can only do so for very short bursts (5-6 seconds) Analog Brain 2 is powered by what some feel is the most elegant and powerful machinery ever designed, a V12 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta, which can sustain top speed for hours and hours, making the most complex computation tasks simple. Dali scholar and friend Elliot King reminded me of a Picasso anecdote of when Picasso met Dali which goes something like, "Dali's brain is like a motor that is always running!!". Were Dali's brain a motor, it is likely it would be something like this V12 powerhouse which outclassed many engines much larger and powerful, allowing him to be at his creative highest at all times.

The competition engine features larger weber carburetors than the "street" version, plus a cold air pan and other modifications.

Twin Marelli distributors supply the spark through 12 plug wires. This amazing collectible is an accurate replica in every way - just smaller. But here's the best part: push the red starter button on the display base, and your 250 GT engine leaps to life, throbbing at idle with the unmistakable sound of the legendary Ferrari V-12! Shift the transmission through the chromed shift gate, and you’ll actually hear it wind through the gears, screaming as it approaches the 7500 RPM red line.

See the video below for a demonstration.

Analog Brain 1: Homage to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

Analog Brain 2

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Analog Brain 2 Video,  click run to see this amazing brain in action

Louis Markoya

The Continuity and Evolution of Surrealist and Nuclear Mystical Art  

 Former Protege' to Salvador Dali'