Spherometria Class

Spherometria Class

led by Paul Prudence, Dmitry Gelfandand and Evelina Domnitch | ArtScience | Wed 31.10.12 | 16:05h

Spherometria Final Presentations

Flatlandia is over! Amazing finale of the 2 weeks of experiments in Sphæræ with students from the ArtScience Interfaculty. The final public presentation was in the Maakhaven of The Hague, were every student came up with a very specific work made for the Sphæræ. Two weeks later these works were presented at the Kunstvlaai in Amsterdam.

Yaprak Sayar and Eveline Klop who made agglomerations of various chemical reactions amplified on the 3D canvas. Their Milk/Colour experiments: when you introduce detergent to the milk, several things happen at once. The detergent lowers the surface tension of the liquid such that the food coloring is free to flow throughout the milk. The detergent reacts with the protein in the milk, altering the shape of those molecules and setting them in motion. The reaction between the detergent and the fat forms micelles, which is how detergent helps to lift grease off of dirty dishes. As the micelles form, the pigments in the food coloring get pushed around. Eventually equilibrium is reached, but the swirling of the colors continues for quite a while before stopping.

Thijs van Teijlingen working with blue laser and sound in circular motion.

Jet Smit and Anja Ankerfeldt: working with microscopic reactions amplified on the curved membranes. They built their own mircroscope to get the specific results they were looking for.

Nenad Popov, master of amazing renderings in all sort of shapes and forms, his works have evolved over time and were presented in Sphaerae at Ars Electronica and TodaysArt in 2013.

Emily Whitebread working with old film footage mapped in 3D space, including material by Buckminster Fuller.

Momoko Noguchi working with an audio-visual installation inspired by “Music of the Spheres”, an ancient philosophical concept that regards the constellation of celestial bodies as a system of music. The movement of nine planets of the solar system is represented by synchronized light and sound

Spherometria Class

From the lenses of our eyeballs, rushing beyond the Earth’s escape velocity, our gaze slides across the curvature of our atmospheric lens, which both magnifies and brings into focus the glowing spheres comprising the cosmos. Spheres within spheres, perhaps, ad infinitum, evoke not only the structure of space, but also the perceptual process that allows us to tune into this structure. Students will learn how to hone this feedback mechanism through various 3D spheroidal projection techniques within specifically configured inflatable architecture created by Cocky Eek.

This hands-on exploration of optical physics will be elaborated by means of curvilinear video mapping, laser scanning and projection, as well as a survey of imaginative geometric interpretations of spherical spatiality by the likes of Frei Otto, Buckminster Fuller, Bernhard Riemann and Hermann Minkowski. Students will afterwards have an opportunity to show the artworks they develop during the course at the Kunstvlaai Festival, Amsterdam.