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Marieke Istha on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:59:22 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] NIMk presents: The Source


The Source

On the interactions of extraterrestrial light with the atmosphere and biosphere an exhibition and a meeting of Synergetica: Art-Science Society

Exhibition May 10 - June 25

Exhibition opening: Wednesday, May 9th, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM with Synergetica - lectures and performance at 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Opening hours exhibition: Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The phenomenon of light can, due to current scientific progress, become the new tool for the new artist. - Marcel Duchamp

Both the messenger and the message, both particle and wave, extraterrestrial light carries information about the entire universe into the eye of the beholder. As it unfolds into all the diverse structures of matter, eventually breathing life into some of them, light shapes its environment, and in turn, the environment reshapes light. Mastering this two-way tuning process can lead to âenlightenmentâ, as exemplified by recent breakthroughs in artificial photosynthesis, a nearly lossless translation of sunlight into bio-solar fuel. Earthbound solar, galactic and interstellar radiation can also be aesthetically harnessed to procure the optimal fuel for the human imagination. The Source reveals extraterrestrial light as an inexhaustible muse as well as a wellspring of clean energy for Earthâs inhabitants. Part of StudioLab, an EU art-science initiative, The Source will open with a presentation about artificial photosynthesis by biophysicist, Raoul Frese (VU
 , Amsterdam). Researching photosynthesis at the supramolecular level, Frese implements photosynthetic bio-polymers in hybrid solar cells and mimics photosynthesis using synthetic molecular compounds. âEvery 90 minutes, the sun radiates an amount of energy equal to the annual consumption of the world population. By the process of photosynthesis, plants, algae and certain bacterial species have mastered the direct utilization of this energy to power their metabolism. Now we must learn from the natural process. (R. Frese)â.

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolecâs installation, Virtual Hole - Sun 1:1 (2011) invites audiences to experience the Sunâs intricate radiance through a full-spectrum indoor simulation, occurring synchronously with the ever-changing sunlight directly outside the exhibition space. A sensor on the roof of the building feeds the amplitude, color temperature and diffusion of sunlight into a synthetic environment that analyzes and mirrors these subtleties. Oneâs architectural confines are intended to dissolve, allowing the immaterial, transitory surroundings to saturate the dwelling.

In Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfandâs Memory Vapor (2011), visitors will encounter another kind of extraterrestrial light, a ubiquitous cascade of subatomic particles, known as cosmic rays. Customarily beyond the reach of the senses, ionized nuclei, protons, electrons, as well as more exotic antiprotons and gamma-ray bursts continuously arrive to Earth from outer space. Most of this subatomic cascade does not even originate in the solar system, but from within our galaxy, and the fastest, highest energy particles are likely catapulted from extragalactic supernovas or active black holes. Within the low temperature gas (-200 ÂC) of the Memory Vapor installation, these cosmic rays are rendered visible as they are trailed by threads of condensation droplets. A white laser sheet scans and illuminates the emerging droplets, transforming the gas into a dynamic prism that vastly extends the spatio-temporal perception of particle trajectories.

Bioacoustic Phenomena (2010) immerses audiences in the primordial waters where light-imbued matter first came to life. A collaboration between generative video artist Paul Prudence and composerbiologist Francisco LÃpez, this audiovisual installation imagines the delicate cellular dynamics that marked the inauguration of the biosphere. Akin to the subatomic particles in Memory Vapor, specifically evolving entities come in and out of existence, sparking a sense of the thin line dividing living and inanimate matter. Each of these artworks brings into focus the invisible source of it all, and the foundation of all visibility.

This exhibition is part of Studiolab, an EU art-science initiative, and is hosted by the Netherlands Instituut voor Mediakunst with the generous support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, EU 7th Framework Programme, European Cultural Foundation, Kapelica Gallery/ Zavod K6/4, Zavod Projekt ATOL, Stichting Optofonica, Ministry of Culture Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Mondriaan Fonds - Amsterdam, GAVITA Holland BV, Ocean Optics, Hans Graafmans - Lightco Nederland BV.

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