Altered Ways of Being, 2019

Keywords: octopus, mind and matter, the other minds, extension of consciousness, virtual reality(VR) installation

See with the skin, smell with suckers, change colour for social interactions and sense the world with a brain distributed across the body.

These abilities possessed by an octopus shape a mind that is possibly one of the most different non-human forms of intelligence to our own. Altered Ways of Being takes inspiration from the octopus to reveal links between our own human body and mind.


The systems created in the work adapt our bodies to ask: by attempting to feel and experience the octopus, can we gain insights into our mind?

How do minds and matter relate to each other?

If we change our body with technology, how might our mind also change?




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A4 Linocut print:

£ 25.00






16 May - 26 July 2020

VR installation for OktoLab 19 gallery of octpus aesthetics, Cologne, Germany

13 December 2019 - 26 January 2020

VR installation for OktoLab 19 gallery of octpus aesthetics, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia


See also

Voice for Divides



Altered Ways of Being by Burton Nitta (Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta)

In collaboration with:

Jack Churchill, VR producer

Supported by



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