the symphony of breathing | leigh smith
Rowena Martinich - Afterglow, 2011, Lyon, France
Otherworldy Planets of Scotch by Ernie Button
Entitled “Vanishing Spirits”, Ernie is a cosmonaut of the alcoholic variety: cataloging the alien terrains left behind in the residual sediments of a nice, strong glass of single malt scotch. Ernie experimented with several varieties of scotch, adding some colorful flourishes to the thin film of dried happiness. The result is a varietal solar system of Scotch-based planetoids, formed every time you make your ancestors proud.
Human Space Contact Prints by Brett Henrikson
Expressing an interest in the deceptive nature of photographs and how we coax a colorful facsimile from negatives, Henrikson sought to produce a series of photographs cut from reality but conveying things that only exist as a copy of some imaginary original. Much in the same way our views of the Universe are comprised of invisible spectrums, sewn together with false colors, gamma, and x-rays, Brett’s use of c-prints shows use the world we can’t see.
Erwin Redl - Matrix II (2000-05)
Matrix II is a room-size installation that offers visitors a space that seems to go in all directions, as if the walls were mirrored. The room is filled with grids of phosphor green LED’s, creating an immersive web of light. It gives visitors a disoriented feeling as the lights seem to flow directly through your body.
Nature’s Night Light
Sometimes known as the sea-firefly, Vargula hilgendorfii is a species of ostracod crustacean that only inhabits coastal waters off Japan. It is a nocturnal creature that rarely grows longer than 3 millimetres, with a beautiful transparent shell—but it’s best known for its bioluminescence. When disturbed, it secretes a luminous blue substance through a process similar to many other bioluminescent creatures: a chemical reaction of the substrate luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. The maximum wavelength of its light depends on the pH and the salinity of the water, and varies between 448 and 463 nanometres—meaning that the light is coloured various shades of blue. In World War II, the Japanese collected these creatures and crushed them in sand and water to produce their blue luminescence, which ingeniously served as light for soldiers to read maps and messages at night.
Epic Mounts by Danilo Agutoli
If it lives and breathes: you can ride it. That’s the real triumph of human ingenuity: we can sit on a big enough animal and race it around. Maybe even mount some weapons on it and do battle with others. Why do you think they cloned the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? T-Rex races.
Pam & Jenny - Scam* Share/d Heritage, 2011