Dmitry Gelfand (RU/NL) & Evelina Domnitch (MBY/NL) Memory vapor

Installation, 2011

Every second, Earth’s inhabitants are bombarded by billions of charge carriers, arriving from every possible direction in outer space. As they traverse the supersaturated gas within a cloud chamber, these subatomic messengers, known as cosmic rays, macroscopically disclose their identity and the plenum underlying the empirical void. 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 (-196°C) of Memory vapor, ionized nuclei, protons, electrons, positrons, muons and antiprotons are rendered visible while being 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.

Installation will oprate:

Wednesday, friday, saturday and sunday: 12:00-14:00 h

Tuesday, thursday: 17:00-19:00 h

Dmitry Gelfand (RU/NL) & Evelina Domnitch (MBY/NL)

Dmitry Gelfand (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1974) and Evelina Domnitch (Minsk, Belarus, 1972) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Such investigations are salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the unrecordable workings of consciousness.

Having dismissed the use of recording and fixative media, Domnitch and Gelfand’s installations exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. Because these rarely seen phenomena take place directly in front of the observer without being intermediated, they often serve to vastly extend one’s sensory envelope.

The immediacy of this experience allows the observer to transcend the illusory distinction between scientific discovery and perceptual expansion.In order to engage such ephemeral processes, the artists have collaborated with numerous scientific research facilities, including the Drittes Physikalisches Institut (Göttingen University, Germany), the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies (Japan), and the European Space Agency. They are the recipients of the Japan Media Arts Excellence Prize (2007), and four Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions (2013, 2011, 2009 and 2007).

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