Momentum — Art Installation


An installation about time and decay.


‘All beauteous thing for which we live
By laws of time and space decay
But oh, the very reason why
I clasp them, is because they die.’

– William Johnson Cory


Momentum shows the process of transience and the human incapability to overcome it. In a four meter wide container an algae enriched base is the stage for pigments to perform. Slowly, drops fall from glass pipes, onto the surface, pushing one another away as they touch. The result is an ever changing drawing, striking much resemblance with growth rings or sedimentation. By placing the glass pipes in a subsequent position, the once beautiful drawing is gently forced aside for a new one, thus creating an every changing timeline.

After 14 hours (7 positions) the surface is filled with drawings. It is rendered clean by  printing the entire surface onto paper. The glass pipes are put back in their premier position, only to start the process again. The algae base deteriorates over a period of 4 to 5 days, in which the pigments start to behave differently. Eventually, the pigments sink straight through the base to the bottom of the container and all that is left are printed timelines – like a photograph to a memory.

This project was my final piece for ArtScience MA and received nominations for the STRP Talent Pit Award (honourable mention), BLOOOM Award and Prix Ars Electronica.


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