Camera Lucida: Sonochemical ObservatoryCamera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatorytop: "Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory" 2005
Photo: KINOSHITA Wataru
bottom: "Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory" 2006
Photo ©: E.Domnitch and D.Gelfand
"Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory" 2008
As your vision acclimates to the darkness, the subtle shimmer of a delicate light emerges, transformed from sound in a spherical water-filled acrylic box in the center of the space. A band of sound waves of varying frequency is converted into light, made visible, by the sound luminescence phenomenon that occurs when it passes through the chemical medium contained in the water. This phenomenon, which in the conceptual phase seemed impossible even for scientists, was jointly developed in laboratories in Japan, Germany, Russia, and Belgium. The "observatory" in the title indicates that the micro phenomena can only be visualized when certain marginal conditions are provided, and the impossibility of comprehending the phenomena even for the scientists because of the limits of accuracy for the measuring devices. This is a trial to connect chemistry and physics, inside and outside the sphere (inside and outside of the world), phenomena and visitors, with this unprecedented method, to make each influence its other. In this exhibition we exhibit the latest version controlled by sound pressure, etc.
Participating "Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory" takes appoximately 10 min., with 7 persons maximum at one session. Each session takes place every hour from **:00-, and **:30- by reservation only.
Reservation tickets are issued at the site, and you will be called in turn according to the number on your ticket. Please note that the tickets is only available on the indicated time/date.
Interview with the artist is available in "Voices on LiS."
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ProfileEvelina DOMNITCH (b. Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 1972, resident in Amsterdam) and Dmitry GELFAND (b. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1974, resident in Amsterdam) continue to challenge and visualize new possibilities in physics, computer and other sciences through unique artistic perspectives. In 2002, they stayed in Japan and researched "Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory" as artists in residence at IAMAS, the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. This piece won the Excellence Prize at the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival.