Observatory will present works exploring several kinds of particle phenomena, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, through three installations attempting the visualisation and embodiment of diverse physical occurrences. Through sculpture, photography, video and sound, Nicolai?s artistic investigation unfolds to address phenomena of scale increasingly removed from the lived experience, as the visitor ascends the different levels of the gallery.
On the ground floor, the installation thermic is a visualisation of usually invisible heat waves floating through space. Hot air produced from a streaming heat source made visible by a spotlight rendering shadows of it onto the wall. Like a mirage, we can see fluctuations of air thus realizing that we are not surrounded by empty space but by physical, flexible matter.
The video on the middle floor, future past perfect pt. 04 (wolken) (2013), shows clouds that appear
almost as an optical illusion - the camera zooms in while different shots of clouds are interspersed together. Coming from the same body of work, several prints from the wolken series are shown along with the video. The clouds in these seven prints reveal resemblances to both micro and macro structures.
In particle noise on the top floor of the gallery, radioactive particles and magnetic noise are captured in sound, with Geiger counters being the source for a sound installation. The traces series of photographs, exhibited alongside this installation, document the numerous traces of cosmic and terrestrial radiation, which ionize the gaseous ethanol steam inside a cloud chamber.
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