[Concentricity] choreographical installation
Materials: Water, Steel, Plastic Bottles, Solenoid Valves, Computer, Hypodermic Needles, Tubing, Aluminium Dishes, Membrane Pump.
Dimensions: ❬4m x 4m x 6m❭
Do you know that feeling when you've taken LSD, and you're looking at some non-descript object, and suddenly a jolt hits you? You notice an incredible wealth of details! Something you thought was mundane is actually incredibly beautiful with textures and surfaces that you've never contemplated before. The more you look, the more you discover as you are, sucked into a concentric universe where the visible stretches out to what seems like infinity, in a way similar to when two mirrors are placed before each other. Experiences like this stay with you, a reminder never to forget the intrinsic beauty within everything, a refresh to a childlike state where everything is wondrous.
One summer, while caught in a violent storm, sheltering under a motorway flyover. I began to take great pleasure in watching raindrops fall in randomly scattered puddles. Contemplating the beautiful concentric circles and the way they seemingly dance across the puddles in my field of vision.
Concentricity is a kinetic sculpture that captures and expands upon that experience to produce a real-time abstract animation. The observer/s interacts with the artwork via a minimalistic interface. A narrow band of light spread across the ground before the installation. The moment someone steps into this beam, the light extinguishes itself, and random drops of rainfall gradually reach a crescendo. Then, the animation begins.
The artwork and the animation it creates explores a theme common within my work. That of dualities residing in this particular work is the juxtapose of taking actual physical objects/effects to generate the abstract. The sculpture consists of eight identical water-filled dishes arranged in a circle pattern on the floor. A few meters above these dishes is a structure with eight arms. A water containment system of tubes traverses to the ends of the arms, each terminating with a valve and a hypodermic needle. This apparatus merges with a computer to choreograph the formation of water droplets. The subsequent concentric circles that form as these water droplets hit the surface of the water pools below are illuminated with a focused beam of light. The reflection of this light projects the ripples within these water pools on an adjacent wall. In so doing so makes the animation visible to the observer.