Mr. Karl Deckart
Specimen: Soap Bubbles
Technique: Polarized Light
Quantum Blink by Isabel M. Martinez
Martinez on her work:
According to quantum mechanics we have forty conscious moments per second, and our brains connect this sequence of nows to create the illusion of the flow of time. So, what would things look like if that itermittence was made visible? This body of work explores that hiccup, that blink, that ubiquitous fissure in the falling-into-place of things.
In my work I attempt to articulate something in between the freezing of time—that so often characterizes photography—and its relentless passing. I hint towards temporalities that are fluid, speculative, and somewhat loose. I am looking for the line that divides the finite (probability) from the infinite (possibility). If time is a succession of instants, I want to see what lies in between them. I am after the gaps between instants of consciousness.
“Calcite, Pupa Gilbert
The forming end of the tooth of the purple-spined sea urchin Arbacia punctulata, imaged with a scanning electron microscope and false-colored. One would never guess from their intricate and rounded shape, but these are single-crystals of calcite (CaCO3). They fill space, resist fracture and make the tooth hard enough to grind rock.”
It’s official. NASA has cloned Vincent Van Gogh, shot him into space, and forced him to create digital animations so that we can visualize the world’s surface ocean currents. That’s the impression I got from this video, anyway.
Actually, this visualization is a result of NASA’s ECCO2 project to study currents and sea ice.
Watch the swirling currents near the equator and the Atlantic “hurricane alley”, see the southern tip of Africa spawn eddies like bubbles in the wind, watch the ocean carve snake-like paths among the islands of the south Pacific and the combating highways along our planet’s tropical centerline. Whatever you do, watch this in 1080 on the largest damn screen you can find! And when you’re done, go watch the 20 minute version!
I think it’s very neat that the study of ocean currents is termed “bathymetry”.
PS: Would a cloned Van Gogh have both ears? If so, would he still cut one off? Nature vs. nurture, folks!
Chris Fraser creates dazzling light installations by turning a dark enclosed room into variation on a camera obscura. A precursor to the camera, the camera obscura is “a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside where it is reproduced, upside-down, but with color and perspective preserved.”
Fraser on his project:
My light installations use the ‘camera obscura’ as a point of departure. They are immersive optical environments, idealized spaces with discreet openings. In translating the outside world into moving fields of light and color, the projections make an argument for unfixed notion of sight.
Anne Lindberg uses thousands of strings to play with our perception in her large scale installations.
Lindberg on her work:
Neurologists have determined that the old brain holds the seat of our most primal understandings of the world. Goodwill, security, fear, anxiety, self-protection, gravity, sexuality, and compulsive behaviors generate from this lower cerebral core.
My sculpture and drawings inhabit a non-verbal place resonant with such primal human conditions. Systemic and non-representational, these works are subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive. I find beauty and disturbance through shifts in tool, layering and material to create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency within a system. In recent room-sized installations, I discovered an optical and spatial phenomenon that excites me as the work spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision. The work references physiological systems – such as heartbeat, respiration, neural paths, equilibrium - and psychological states.
Luke Jerram is a colorblind artist based in the UK. Aeolus is a sonic creation that blends acoustic physics, inspirations from classical civilizations, and visual adventure. The arch is a large Aeolian harp, an ancient instrument that uses the wind’s vibration on strings to send a frequency down a long metal tube.
A listener in the center of the arch experiences sounds transmitted from a field of taut strings and naturally harmonic open tubes. In addition, the angle of light transmitted through the polished pipes creates an altered listening environment. The experience can change by the minute or hour depending on wind conditions.
The tightened strings vibrate due to something called the von Karman vortex street effect, where the vortex created behind a string causes it to vibrate. It’s similar to what happens when a car antenna begins to sing in the wind.
A true feat of beauty and science.
(via Luke Jerram)
It’s not what you think it is
The origin of high-energy particles in astrophysics is still a mystery. Annihilation of magnetic field lines of opposite orientation, a process known as “magnetic reconnection,” may convert the magnetic energy into particle energy. In this process, the magnetic field will end up being confined within magnetic islands (represented as red blobs in this image), with high-energy particles meandering among the islands (represented as yellow tracks in this image). Although this image has nothing to do with biology, it carries astonishing visual similarity with the very first burst of energy in human life.
— Lorenzo Sironi (GS), Anatoly Spitkovsky (fac)
Department of Astrophysical Sciences