[AQUA] – Masha Bo

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Octopuses in strict men’s suits with a hat fly in the sky together with whales through radio waves between fractal figures.

• About artist: Masha Bo

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Deep-sea thinkers

  • Octopuses and their kin (cuttlefish and squid) stand apart from other invertebrates, having evolved with much larger nervous systems and greater cognitive complexity.
  • The majority of neurons in an octopus are found in the arms, which can independently taste and touch and also control basic motions without input from the brain.
  • Octopus brains and vertebrate brains have no common anatomy but support a variety of similar features, including forms of short- and long-term memory, versions of sleep, and the capacities to recognize individual people and explore objects through play.

Someone is watching you, intently, but you can’t see them. Then you notice, drawn somehow by their eyes. You’re amid a sponge garden, the seafloor scattered with shrublike clumps of bright orange sponge. Tangled in one of these sponges and the gray-green seaweed around it is an animal about the size of a cat. Its body seems to be everywhere and nowhere. The only parts you can keep a fix on are a small head and the two eyes. As you make your way around the sponge, so, too, do those eyes, keeping their distance, keeping part of the sponge between the two of you. The creature’s color perfectly matches the seaweed, except that some of its skin is folded into tiny, towerlike peaks with tips that match the orange of the sponge. Eventually it raises its head high, then rockets away under jet propulsion.

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