A perceptual progression through electromagnetic space
With a strong interest in fluidity, elaboration and materiality, this investigation stemmed from the possibilities when one combines the elements of metal and electricity within a saturated fluid solution. Armatures were constructed out of brass, emerged into a solution, then hooked up to an electrical current where a video time-lapse captured strange pieces growing and disintegrating off the the positive and negative frameworks.
By running 12 V of electricity through the saltwater in the tank, a chemical process called electrolysis occurred which involves the transfer of positive and negative ions between the positive brass framework and the negative steel anode. The negative ion chlorine released from the steel anode breaks down the brass framework on the positive end, which acted as a catalyst for oxidation. By photo merging the video stills in layers, and manipulating and thickening the image, it allows the viewer in one frame to spatial view a reality of the emissions that occurred between the positive and negative framework over the course of each experiment.
The world revealed a series of micro worlds where I began to view this condition as spatial perception that one could perhaps move through. The brass framework existing in both liquid and air, registered the physical materiality that resulted from the energy pulsing through. By orientating the frames 90 degrees from their original state, the now vertical waterline I felt became a thickened portal by the electromagnetic energy that manifested though this chemical reaction. Through layering, an intensified spatial condition through liquid and air, void and solid could endlessly scale themselves into micro to macro worlds into a series of nuances and spatial conditions with itself. It was a durational space of sorts, an evolving condition of time, revealing different dimensions that would perhaps force the body to rethink how moving through polar physical possibilities might implicate a perception of that space. The progression through the site led to questions of inhabitation the body’s role in the thickened emission between the frameworks. New associations between the body, space, moving and sensing would be amplified within the evolving emission driven atmosphere and ultimately could form new perceptual associations between the body and space.
The following images show the collapsed experience of time in one frame. A series of experiments where performed so each iteration starts with the full scale layered imagine, and then following are the imagined zoomed in realities where I used photo manipulation techniques to intensify these new worlds i imagined.