From Lauren Poggi’s review for The New York Times‘ T magazine:
What is there to learn about the process of learning itself? How is it possible that we are able to go through many years (decades, for some of us) of schooling, and still be capable of enhancing our knowledge every day? “Extreme Learning Machine,” the latest body of work by Brooklyn- and Florence-based photographer Joseph Desler Costa, uses the artist’s studio as a venue to explore these questions. Working with everyday objects such as tires, laptop monitors, and musical instruments, the photographer creates patterns that replicate processes in the brain and nervous system. Factually based but playfully constructed, Costa’s work reminds us how privileged we are to learn.