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Project title: The Secrets of the Universe
Artist: Simonne Jones in collaboration with Jem the Misfit
Details: Interactive painting and video installation with audio-visual performance.
Venue: Platoon Kunsthalle, Berlin, 2013.
Artist Simonne Jones conceived of ‘The Secrets of the Universe’ project for her 6 month residency at the Platoon Artist Lab. She approached me to collaborate with her on this project to create projections and live video performance that responded to the themes of the project and interact with the responsive LED paintings she is creating.
These themes for our Platoon Kunsthalle collaboration were: The birth and death of the universe, entropy, anti matter and dark energy, the theory of relativity, energy and the transformation of energy. I responded to this scientifically dense subject matter by exploring children’s science experiments and the materials used in these experiments. I played with food colouring in hot and cold water to show the increase of energy, I created homemade crystals from sugar and from salt and I experimented with gelatin and its ability to transition from a liquid to solid state. I created glitter whirlpools in bottles, I tested the expansion of the universe balloon model with a sequined covered balloon and I played with the refraction of light and image through glass and jelly.
Below are some of my research and inspiration images followed by the material experiments.
Full documentation of the project coming soon.