Interactive Kinetic Light Installation, 2009
â€œA human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”
Albert Einstein 1954
On an atomic level, our world is held together by complex interactions of forces. On a universal scale, the same is true. When it comes to a human scale, our acknowledgement of these universal laws is obscured by our preoccupation with the forces that govern our everyday lives: society, relationships, survival. Whilst our attention is drawn to these artificial forces, the interplay of our constituent elements and forces continues unobserved.
In Waves, models of these unseen forces are re-drawn on a human scale, with the bodies of the participants playing the lead roles. In revealing the beauty of these interactions, the observers will have to break with the conventions of daily interactions in public spaces and work with others to explore these often obscured – but ever present – patterns.
Waves uses the mathematics of electromagnetism, gravity and Newtonian physics to visualise simulated environments, in which the audience become key elements: a magnet in a field of iron filings, a disturbance in a viscous fluid, a foreign force in an ordered world of microscopic particles. By exploring how their own bodies interact with this space, the forces they bring to this simulated world will also begin to affect the movement of other participants, and a collective visual and physical exploration is created in an unexpected environment.